Fingal Community Archaeology Strategy, have your say!

September 13, 2018 0

What does community Archaeology mean to you? Fingal County Council has recognised the value of community archaeology for a number of years and alongside the Heritage Council has supported various community archaeology initiatives in Fingal. These have allowed hundreds of people realise their ambition to take part in digs, learn new skills alongside professional archaeologists, meet like-minded people, and connect with their local archaeological sites and monuments.

You may have taken part in or visited the Swords Castle: Digging History project, the Bremore Castle Big Dig or this summer’s Digging Drumanagh -for summaries and reports see the Heritage section of the Fingal County Council website http://fingal.ie/planning-and-buildings/heritage-in-fingal/communityarchaeology/

However there is no single accepted definition for community archaeology and  term can encompass building, geophysical, landscape and topographic surveys; oral history and school based projects; graveyard restoration; archive research; heritage trails and signage;  citizen scientist projects, field schools and summer camps in addition to archaeological excavation.

Fingals’ Community Archaeologist, Christine Baker needs your help to draft a community archaeology strategy for Fingal. ‘We are lucky to have a growing community of dedicated and interested participants in our archaeology projects and we’d like to reach new audiences’ she said. Whether it is needing support to set up your own initiative, taking on the a project about an archaeological site in your local area or wanting to participate in more Council facilitated excavation-have your say by filling out our two-minute survey on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2Z9HZV  before 30 September 2018.