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The School of Irish Archaeology is proud to introduce The Big Dig, a replica ‘Viking House’ and excavation site where children can explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeology dig. 

GT2D1879 CopyThis site is specially constructed on the grounds of participating schools and event centres, and it gives children the chance to experience the life of an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. The Big Dig experience is suited for children aged 5 to 12 years of age.

As they dig through the site, children will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1,000 years. They will learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors as history is brought to life by qualified archaeologists. These educational workshops offer a unique experience that will leave your children fascinated by our ancient ancestors and eager to learn more.

The Big Dig is a fully mobile construction which can be booked for any location within Ireland and is also perfect for corporate, social, family or heritage events.

Click on the image below to watch our Big Dig Video
Big Dig on Wheels

Big Dig Event 2018

'The Big Dig', Leopardstown Pavilion - 11th March 

'The Big Day Out', St Patrick's Day, Merrion Square, Dublin - 18th March 

'The Big Dig' Dublinia - 24th - 28th March

'Science Festival - How?', Shanganagh Park, Shankill  - 20th May 

'Kildare County Show, Athy Showgrounds, Co. Kildare - 17th June

Irish Maritime Festival', Drogheda   -  16th & 17th June

;Feile Na mBlath at the Park Festival', Tralee, Co. Kerry-  16th & 17th June

'Flavours of Fingal, Newbridge House, Donabate - 23rd & 24th June

Cruinniú na nÓg', Raheen Car Park, Bray Head, Co. Wicklow- 23rd June (TBC) - (To Book Click Here)

'The Rose Festival', St Annes Park, Clontarf - 14th & 15th July

'Kilmallock', Co. Tipperary- Date 5th & 6th August (TBC)

Taste of Cavan', Co. Cavan - Date 10th & 11th 

'Festival Cluian Meala', Clonmel -  August - Date TBC

'Glendalough Heritage Week', Co. Wicklow- 18th August (To Book Click Here)

'Gallows Hill', Dungarven, Co. Waterford - 19th August 

'Mullingar Town Park', Co. Westmeath- 19th August (To Book Click Here)

'Killykeen Forest Park', Co. Cavan - Date 23rd August (To Book your place email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

'McCormack Square -  Athlone', Co. Westmeath- 25th August (To Book Click Here)

'KIldare Medieval Day', Kildare Town - Date TBC

'Electric Picnic', Soulkids, Stradbally - Date TBC

'The Ploughing Championship', Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Sept 18th to 20th, 10am - 5pm - Come along on the Day. 

More dates to be confirmed.. Watch this space...



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