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Wednesday, Feb 3 Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

Waterford County Museum are delighted to announce that we are having the opening of the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition. We are very pleased that Bernadette Guest, County Heritage Officer will be with us to perform the opening.

Venue: Waterford County Museum, Friary Street

Date: Wednesday, February 3

Time: 7 pm

Bernadette Guest
We are looking forward to a great night and all are very welcome to attend.

Gallows Hill is one of the earliest upstanding monuments in Dungarvan. The earthen mound is believed to be part of a structure known as a Motte & Bailey. It was probably built by the Anglo Normans in the immediate aftermath of the invasion and conquest of Ireland. They had a distinct style of castle building called a Motte & Bailey. These Motte & Bailey castles were later replaced by more substantial stone castles as was the case in Dungarvan. At a much later date, the mound at Gallows Hill was used as the site of the public gallows, hence the present name. The earliest written reference to this is in an 18th century document.
Community Archaeology is a relatively new concept in Ireland allowing local people an opportunity to get hands on experience exploring local heritage sites.

If this has whet your appetite and you would like to find out more, please come along on the night. We look forward to seeing you.

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