Launch of Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland (ed.) Christine Baker

June 16, 2020 0

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the publication of Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland edited by Fingal Heritage Officer Christine Baker. The beautifully illustrated publication showcases 20 projects giving an insight into the breath of activity taking place across the country under the banner of community archaeology.  Fingal projects featured include Christine’s own Fingal community archaeology programme,  a Fingal Arts Office public art intervention at Swords Castle and Resurrecting Monuments—St Doulagh’s and Tower Hill.

Over the past number of years there has been an increasing demand among communities to engage directly with archaeology, heritage and traditions of their local area. Fingal County Council has been at the forefront of promoting community archaeology since 2015 with community excavations at Swords Castle, Bremore Castle, Naul and the Iron Age promontory fort of Drumanagh.

‘The impetus for this publication was to highlight the quality of work being undertaken not just in Fingal but across the country’ said editor Christine Baker ‘Projects carried out under the banner of community archaeology can include everything from graveyard surveys to art projects; geophysical surveys and 3D surveys to conservation projects as well as archaeological digs, but the common thread has been reconnecting people to their past’.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien who launched Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland said ‘I’m delighted to see Fingal so well represented in this all-island publication. The Baldoyle-based Resurrecting Monuments group have contributed the results of their community digs at St Doulough’s and at Tower Hill in Howth; our own Fingal community archaeology model is detailed, and a collaborative art project commissioned by Fingal Arts Office features alongside projects from Tyrone to Trim’.

‘Fingal County Council is delighted to support this publication alongside the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council’ said Fingal Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly ‘It demonstrates the diversity of participants and audiences for community archaeology across the country’.

‘It has been a joy to lead the community archaeology programme in Fingal, meeting enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hard-working participants and to see community archaeology develop’ said Christine Baker ‘Its core value is that while archaeology connects us to the past, community archaeology also connects us to each other’.

Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland is available to click and collect in Fingal Libraries or purchased from Wordwell Books Ltd.