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Dorsey Archaeological Dig

Dorsey Archaeological Dig

Try your hand at being an archaeologist by joining the team from Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) for a Dorsey Dig. During the first two weeks in April CAF archaeologists will be carrying out an archaeological dig on the Dorsey Embankment, near Silverbridge, endeavouring to uncover some more of its secrets.

Archaeologists are still trying to work out exactly what the Dorsey Embankment was; it could have been an Iron Age fortification or even the home of the legendary Cú Chulainn himself. In Irish literature it was often referred to as the ‘Doors of Emhain’ (Armagh). Whatever the true story is, it has played a vital role in the Iron Age history of the Kingdom of Ulster and should prove to be a fascinating place for an archaeological dig.

You are warmly invited to work alongside the professionals digging in the trenches, carrying out a site walk and getting a preview of some of the discoveries that have been made.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Sessions are available for schools, P6/P7 on Friday 5th and Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th. Please contact [email protected] or 028 3082 8594 for more information.

Event Details

Dorsey Archaeological Dig takes place on April 6, 2019.
It starts at 10.00 and ends at 13.30.

Event Location

26 Bonds Road
BT35 9PE

Due to the rural nature of the dig site it is advisable to check Google maps carefully before departing.

From Ford's Cross, Silverbridge travel north on New Road / A29 for 0.7 miles, turn right onto Bonds Road and travel a further 0.7 miles.

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