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Encountering the Sacred: The Archaeology and Heritage of Pilgrimage

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Encountering the Sacred: The Archaeology and Heritage of Pilgrimage

This conference is presented by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Office of Public Works and organised by Archaeology Ireland.

This is a one-day conference focusing on sacred sites and the significance of pilgrimage. From prehistory to the present day, pilgrimage has served to connect and reconnect people and places. The conference will explore how we can understand pilgrimage as a cultural and spiritual experience and its wider archaeological and heritage contexts.

An interdisciplinary gathering of eminent scholars and practitioners will explore the connections between communities and monuments and their role in establishing sense of place.


  • Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Dr Lee Clare, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin.
  • Frank Coyne, Aegis Archaeology.
  • Dr Robert Hensey, Archaeologist.
  • Pat Holland, Archaeologist, former museum curator, and annual participant on pilgrimages across Europe.
  • Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, Department of History, UCC.
  • Dr Louise Nugent (Archaeologist & Blogger)
  • Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin, Department of Archaeology, UCC.
  • Br Colman Ó Clabaigh, OSB, Glenstal Abbey.
  • Professor Ruth Van Dyke, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, New York.

Click here for tickets. Cost:€25-35. Tickets sold out very quickly last year.

Sat, 5 October 2019 09:15 – 17:30.


The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, 2 Dublin, Ireland.

Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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