The Big Dig

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The School of Irish Archaeology is proud to introduce the next step in the evolution of creative and hands-on learning for our younger generation. Our replica ‘Viking House’ and excavation site allows children and young adults to explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeology dig. 

The site is a fully mobile construction which is suitable for Festivals, Family Fun Days, Heritage/Corporate Events and is now available for participating schools and event centres nationwide. The workshop gives children and young adults the chance to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house.

As they dig through the site, participants 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. Our educational workshops offer a unique experience that will leave our future generations fascinated by our ancient ancestors and eager to learn more.

The Big Dig 2020

Fingal International Festival of Voices

Ballbriggan, Co. Dublin – Cancelled

Festival Village

St Patrick’s Day Festival, Merrion Square, Dublin – Cancelled


   Dublin City Centre, Postponed (Dates TBC)


How? Science Festival, Shanganagh Park, Shankill – 17th May


Timahoe Community Festival, Laois. Cancelled

Carlow- Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Carlow County Museum – 13th June

Westmeath- Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Westmeath, Cancelled

Tallafest 2020

John’s Quay, Behind Carnegie Library, Kilkenny City – 15th June

Kaleidoscope Festival 2020

Russborough House,  Blessington, Co. Wicklow – 26th – 28th June

Kildare County Show​

The Showgrounds, Athy, Co. Kildare. Date: TBC


Flavours of Fingal, Newbridge House, Donabate – 26th & 27th June


‘The Rose Festival’, St Annes Park, Clontarf – Cancelled

Heritage Week 2020 - Leitrim

Carrick On Shannon – 15th August 

Heritage Week 2020 - Kildare

Leixlip Library, – 15th August

Heritage Week 2020 - Leitrim

Manor Hamilton – 16th August

Heritage Week 2020 - Dublin

Phoenix Park, Visitor Centre – 16th August 

Heritage Week 2020 - Tipperary

Cabragh Wetlands – 19th August

Heritage Week 2020 - Wexford

Baginbun 1170- 22nd August

Heritage Week 2020 - Dublin

Phoenix Park, Visitor Centre – 23rd August 

Heritage Week 2020

More Dates TBC

Heritage Week 2020 - Mullingar

‘Picnic in the Park Mullingar’ – Dates TBC

Wexford Viking Fire Festival

Dates TBC

Co. Meath

Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival – Dates TBC

The Ploughing Championships 2020

‘The Ploughing Championships’ – Dates TBC

The students loved the Big Dig. They really enjoyed the digging and it helped them to remember what they had learned in class. The size of the groups was perfect as they could all get involved and not just observe, they felt that they were real archaeologists; It was active learning in the best sense.
Sinead NiGhabhann
After he went to a Big Dig workshop last summer at Rathmines Library, he started his own archaeological dig in our back garden!
Marnie H
All of the teachers who supervised classes attending The Big Dig, were very impressed by the workshop and the facilitators. The workshops themselves were very engaging and hands on. The girls’ curiosity was piqued by the wonderful array of artefacts on display. The facilitators were very interesting and enthusiastic, answering all queries, effectively and patiently.
Barbara Davis




Hand-On Education

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Hand-On Education

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