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 2019

The Big Day Out

St Patrick’s Day Festival, Merrion Square, Dublin – 17th & 18th March


Dublin City Centre, 24th – 27th of April


   How? Science Festival, Shanganagh Park, Shankill – Dates TBC


Timahoe Community Festival, Laois. 1st & 2nd June

Viking Waterford

The Waterford Triangle, Waterford. 1st & 2nd June

Cruinniú na nÓg

County Westmeath (Location TBC). 15th June

Kildare County Show

The Showgrounds, Athy, Co. Kildare. 16th June


Kilkenny City (Location TBC). 15th June


‘Flavours of Fingal, Newbridge House, Donabate – 29th & 30th June


‘The Rose Festival’, St Annes Park, Clontarf – Dates TBC


Taste of Cavan’, Co. Cavan – TBC

Oyster Festival

Carlingford Oyster Festival, County Louth.  – 10 & 11th August

Heritage Week 2019

Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim. 24th August

Heritage Week 2019

Glendalough’s Monastic City, Wicklow. Dates TBC

Heritage Week 2019

Navan Town – 17th August


‘Electric Picnic’, Soulkids, Stradbally – Dates TBC

The Ploughing Championships

‘The Ploughing Championship’Dates TBC


More dates to be confirmed.. Watch this space…

Very well run camp with great variety of activities and interesting day trips.
Catherine B
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
Conor loved this summer camp. Educational & fun
Denise H




Hand-On Education

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Hand-On Education

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