The Great Big Dig

Templemichael College History Department were delighted to invite the the School of Irish Archaeology to the school for two action packed days of the #BigDig. Our students got hands on experience of the work of archaeology and learned loads of interesting facts to compliment the work ongoing in the classroom.

The School of Irish Archaeology’s mission is to educate our young people about Ireland’s rich ancient culture. We bring the past to life through practical, interactive experiences in a hands-on learning environment.

Our workshops recreate archaeological excavation sites, explore ancient crafts and technologies. We help children to discover their past by using practical and hands-on forms of learning through the use of simple tools, raw materials and ancient techniques. We aim to introduce the profession of archaeology to children in a fun and enjoyable way.

This approach is perfectly suited to a child’s natural curiosity and eagerness to roll up their sleeves and explore the world around them. They learn to recognise and log details of ancient artefacts, tools, environmental remains and utensils, as they develop an understanding of Irish heritage, culture and identity.

Ireland’s historical landscape contain a wealth of treasures, which means a different story can be discovered wherever we go. Our workshops, camps and events take in geological and environmental circumstances of ancient times, which often determined where a culture might thrive, and where it would not.

Children can take a step back into history, as they recreate ancient arttefacts such as clay pots and leather shoes, and even ancient weapons. Our camps offer a safe and fun environment, where we explore the past through our future.