Archaeological dig open to the public

Members of the public are invited to visit an archaeological dig in the grounds of the Heritage Council headquarters in Kilkenny from June 27-29.

Members of the public are invited to visit an archaeological dig in the grounds of the Heritage Council headquarters in Kilkenny from June 27-29.

Archaeological investigations in 2011 in the garden of the former Bishop’s Palace, now the Heritage Council offices, found an early medieval comb makers workshop. The current dig in 2012, involving 20 students from NUI Maynooth, aims to find more information on the craft working and daily life in this part of 9th-century to 11th-century Kilkenny.

Visitors will learn how Kilkenny has developed as a city and will see how archaeologists dig, recognise and record their discoveries. Artefacts will also be on display. The archaeologist’s ‘site hut’ in the 18th-century Bishop’s Robing Room will be open to the public, and tea will be served in the site hut.

The excavations will be directed by Cóilín Ó Drisceoil of Kilkenny Archaeology Ltd with funding from NUI Maynooth and the Heritage Council.

Heritage Council staff will provide tours daily at 2.30pm on June 27-29. Places are limited but can be booked by contacting Zana at zrama@heritagecouncil.ie or calling 056 7770777. See www.heritagecouncil.ie for further details.