Friday, 18 September 2009

Travel in time, at The Outlet?!

No need for H.G Wells' time machine or a clapped-out Delorean here!

NAC in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum (NIAF) have put up an exhibition of our archaeological discoveries during excavations of the A1 dualling scheme from Loughbrickand to Beechhill at The Outlet shopping centre in Banbridge, Co. Down.

The exhibition showcases some of the best finds from our archaeological investigations, from nearly complete funeral urns to arrowheads and polished stone axes. This display will run up to the up to the launch of NIAF run Archaeological Road Show, this Road Show will visit a number of major shopping centres in Northern Ireland.

The Road Show has been set up to try and show off Northern Ireland's archaeological heritage in a way that relates to all aspects of peoples daily lives and show how archaeology can be used as a tool to promote culture, the arts, tourism, leisure and community relations. The Road Show will provide a valuable resource for local communities showing the abundance of archaeology around them and highlighting public involvement with sites as well as raising awareness of the threat to our our heritage.

The exhibition is on display now at The Outlet now, so come along and have a look.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New Article! Tales of Hoffmann: Results of Archaeological Investigations at Annadale and Castle Espie.

NAC are proud to announce another published article, this time in the IHAI Conference Proceedings for the 15th of November 2008, the publication is titled "Archaeology of Irish Industry" and chronicles recent excavations within that dicipline.
Our article is entitled "Tales of Hoffmann: Results of Archaeological Investigations at Annadale and Castle Espie"and was written by our Company Director Stephen Gilmore.
This article is an archaeological investigation into two brickworks, Castle Espie in Co Down and Annadale brickworks situated along the River Lagan in Belfast city. It also discusses the function the kilns that were at the heart of these works and the economical hardships of this industry.

Copies of this article are available from the IHAI, if you are interested you can get one here.