The docks, Galway City and will host a wonderful line up of speakers from a variety of disciplines and a wide range of expertise in archaeology, art history, culture and the arts.   Among the varied line up of speakers Galway city council will host Dr Seamus Caulfield Professor on the topic of the Neolithic Stone Age Ceide fields in Co Mayo.  This world famous site and continuous publication about it hold many surprises which are still being revealed    Professor Caulfield work continues and a new and important publication planner.

Recent earlier discoveries dating to the middle Stone Age and excavations by Michael, Clodagh and Elaine Lynch in West Clare which have produced wonderful new results including a prehistoric axe-head factory will be explored in Michael’s talk.   The exciting discoveries of boats of late Neolithic bronze age early Christian and medieval date in Lough Corrib will be explored by Karl Brady of the Archaeological Underwater Unit.

Stunning new medieval sculptures found in Cóilin O Drisceoil’s archaeological dig at St. Mary’s Church Kilkenny City.  The site has recently been opened as a museum with Grace Fagan as Curator.  An unprecedented group of medieval sculptures, some with panels in the Galwegian sculpture at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church has been brought to light and beautifully displayed.  Church Architecture and Architecture in Georgia as well as prehistoric to post medieval field monuments of all sorts is the theme of William Anderson’s talk.  This will provide an insight into how national archaeological surveys (like that which have been undertaken in the Republic of Ireland) are undertaken in other countries.

The newly published Irish Historic Towns Atlas for Galway City, which was recently launched by President Michael D Higgins at Galway City Museum will be the subject of Jacinta Prunty’s talk.  This wonderful new publication is a treasure trove of information and a most useful tool for new research.  New research techniques and technologies are the subject of Dr Paul Naessen’s paper where drones, remote sensing and diversity of new methods will be explored.

Galway City Council has been conducting a survey of the cemeteries and graveyards of Galway over the last five years and hopes to have all twenty eight burial places in the city fully recorded over the next few years. Working with the Heritage Council and Irish Historic Graves, the inscriptions are being mapped recorded, transcribed and made available free of change on line.  To date inscription from Old Rahoon, Menlo, The Dominican and Roscam Graveyards have been put on line and pamphlets with a map have been printed for each site by the Heritage Office Galway City Council, Jacinta Kiely of Irish Historic Graves explores the methodology of the graveyards survey and its uses as a genealogical resource in her talk on the Galway City Council’s Graveyard Surveys.  Folk Art is the topic of Louise Nugent’s talk which couldn’t come at a better time as a new survey of Galways Folk Art is planned for 2018.  Louise brings here wide range of expertise and knowledge to a fascinating aspect of post - medieval Irish Art History. 
This year’s conference will as usual be popular and early booking is advisable .  The conference is funded by Galway City Council and The Heritage Council.  Although the conference is free of charge please book with Elaine Coffey at Galway City Council 091 536 410 or elaine.coffey@galwaycity.ie 

 
Pre- booking allows us to plan for the numbers who will be attending in advance.  There will be two tea/coffee breaks and a light lunch will be provided.  The conference will be officially open by the Mayor of Galway City Cllr Noel Larkin and all are welcome to attend.  The Annual conference is an Action of the Galway City Heritage Plan.