Archeological dig planned for Guildhall Square

Children celebrate their discoveries during the Big Dig in Derry's Guildhall Square during St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.15

Children celebrate their discoveries during the Big Dig in Derry's Guildhall Square during St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.15

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There will be a dig at Guildhall Square next weekend as part of an Archeology Day.

A series of different events have been scheduled to take place on Saturday July 18th to coincide with the Festival of Archeology UK.

Derry City Council’s Business & Culture Committee was this week told that the Museum & Visitor Service team is organising the event to “celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of archaeology in the city and region”.

Speaking at the council’s committee’s monthly meeting in Strabane, this week, Council’s head of economic development and marketing Linda Williams detailed the events to take place in Derry.

These will include The Big Dig Event, organised by the School of Irish Archaeology in Guildhall Square.

The dig will take the form of a hands-on and fun event for children, with a workshop to allow them to explore the world of archaeology.

There will also be Archaeology Information Fair set up in the Main Hall of the Guildhall with various heritage and archaeology stakeholders providing information and advice to the public on how they can become involved in archaeology.

A talk will be also been organised in the Tower Museum on the Spanish Armada shipwreck, La Trinidad Valencera.

This will be delivered by Dave Atherton, diver from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The Museum team will also display a selection of pottery and archaeological finds from the rescue excavations which took place in the city during the 1970’s and 80’s.

Derry & Strabane council have approved spending £1,650 towards staging the events.

SDLP Councillor John Boyle said: “To all intents and purposes this looks to me like money well spent. Anything that encourages particularly our young people to be interested in their history and archeology is to be welcomed.”

He added that the previous archeological dig in Bishop Street car park- during which several skeletons were uncovered- had drawn thousands upon thousands of people.

Colr. Boyle added that such events as these would show children and young people options for career paths they might not otherwise have considered.

There had been a previous archeological dig for kids in Guildhall Square earlier this year during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations (pictured).