New Publication: Guidance for Community Archaeology Projects

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This new publication will be of interest to communities the length and breadth of Ireland, and even internationally, who are interested in engaging in heritage projects.

In recent years the Heritage Council has been spearheading the development of community archaeology programmes in Ireland. We have done this through our  grants programmes, by supporting the employment of community archaeologists in local authorities, by developing the first ever community Adopt a Monument Scheme in Ireland in 2016, and by providing support and training for communities.

The development of community archaeology has seen increased participation by members of the public in heritage projects. Notable developments in recent years have been open days on excavations, schools programmes and the development of experimental archaeological projects.

Many community archaeology projects have been undertaken in Ireland in recent years including excavations, geophysical surveys and conservation projects and the key element of this has been equal partnership between local communities and heritage professionals. Successful and exciting projects have involved training, responsibility sharing, upskilling and education and our experience has shown that archaeological projects embodying these practices are attractive to local authorities who are interested in place making and regeneration activities. Well-designed projects also enhance understanding of the archaeological record.

This manual is aimed at participants in the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument programme but its content is much broader than just that. We hope this publication will be of interest to communities the length and breadth of Ireland, and even internationally, who are interested in engaging in heritage projects. In developing this we are grateful to Abarta Heritage and to Archaeology Scotland as well as all the communities who participated in our programmes.

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