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June 2017 Archaeological Digs at Gallows Hill and Dungarvan Valley Caves

June has been a very exciting month with two important archaeological digs taking place.

First there was the dig at Gallows Hill in Dungarvan led by Archaeologist Dave Pollock with volunteers connected with the Museum helping.  This dig uncovered important information giving clues as to the origins of Gallows Hill, including an unknown 17th century siege fort, a hidden Anglo Norman Motte, four ditches, a piece of worked flint, pottery, clay pipes and a cannon ball.  On the first day of the dig there was also a special dig for children with the Big Dig team which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Next came the dig at Dungarvan Valley Caves.  Our thanks to Dr. Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Dr. Richard Jennings and their team for inviting the volunteers to take part.

Dungarvan Valley is an archaeological gem that has the potential to reveal Ireland's earliest evidence of human occupation.  This was a fascinating dig with huge amounts of information being gathered together by the archaeologists with help from the volunteers.  Finds included a 35,000 year old bear tooth and ancient animal bone remains.

Our thanks to Eddie Cantwell and Chrissy Knight-O'Connor, to all the archaeologists, volunteers, Waterford City & County Council, The Heritage Council, Adopt a Monument Ireland, Dwane Tool Hire, Trihy's Saw Mills, Graphic Print & Signs, Cathal Brugha Resident's Group, artist Anthony Hayes, and all who helped in any way.  Photos are from John Foley and the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Group.

Start of Gallows Hill Dig 2017

Archaeologist Dave Pollock with Volunteers

Sheltering from the Rain!

Danny Kiely Digging

Eddie Cantwell & Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

The Mayor Came to Visit!

Local Resident Reece Coward

Working Through Sunshine and Rain!

Kevin Barton, Dave Pollock, Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

At the Start of the Dig

Eddie Cantwell with the Big Dig Team

Into the Side of the Mound

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Archaeologists and Volunteers at the Caves Dig

Volunteer Paul McLoughlin Helping Archaeologist to Sieve for Finds

Volunteer Danny Kiely Digging

Volunteer Sarah Lucas

Group Looking at the Progress

View Looking Out From the Cave

Dr. Richard Jennings with Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

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