Friday 23 March 2018

Uncovered historical artefacts to be revealed

Fergal Maddock

Historical artefacts uncovered during last summer's dig at Swords Castle are set to be the focus of an upcoming seminar.

The findings for the second community excavation will be revealed at the event in the Atrium, County Hall, Swords on Saturday, February 18 from 10am-1pm.

More than 100 members of the community local and visitors alike took part in the dig last August and now the first results of their hard work are set to be revealed to the general public.

The seminar will be opened by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Darragh Butler, a frequent visitor to the excavation.

Specialists have examined the material we found and we can start to add more to the story of the Swords Castle.

Dr Meriel McClathcie will tell us about what people were eating and growing there; Professor Roger Stalley will look at the architecture of the castle and the history of its development through time and Siobhan Duffy will tell us the stories behind the small finds.

The director of the Swords Castle: Digging History project, Christine Baker will paint a picture of what has been discovered at Swords Castle so far-from previously unknown ditches, decorated tiles, to burning buildings, wine and a fragment of human skull.

'The past two summers of digging have not only widened our understanding of the story of Swords Castle and how people used it in the past but have created a link to present communities and the way they engage with their monument' said Fingal's Community Archaeologist, Christine Baker.

'It is also great fun, meeting so many enthusiastic people, who are interested in the past'.

Following the seminar, at 2.15pm there will be an opportunity to see behind the scenes at the museum! The National Museum of Ireland has kindly agreed to open the doors of its Collections Resource Centre, where everything not on public display is kept.

The Collection Resource Centre is located on the Balheary Road (the old Motorola factory), Swords.

The event is free but booking essential or contact

Fingal Independent