Time Team Launches Archaeology Forum
Northern Ireland archaeology took a giant step forward yesterday (18
October) in Dungannon. The award winning Time Team TV crew was on hand
to launch the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum. Tony Robinson and
the Team are excavating at Castle Hill, Dungannon, the principal
residence of the O'Neills of Tyrone during the fourteenth century.
The NI Archaeology Forum is a cross-sectoral group aiming to raise
awareness of our important archaeological heritage with both the public
and politicians. The Forum will work to both conserve our heritage and
promote lessons from the past which will improve our lives today.
"The launch of this initiative shows there is now a real desire amongst
the people of Northern Ireland to engage with their past in a positive
way. The site we are digging is just one example of the rich
archaeological heritage of the country which can now be explored in a
spirit of openness. Hopefully the work Time Team, the Environment and
Heritage Service and Queen's University are doing here will help show
just how important and exciting this journey can be" said Tony Robinson,
speaking at the event.
The NI Archaeology Forum facilitates individuals and organisations to
protect, study and promote the historic environment. It is a network of
individuals and organisations interested in its aims, with a very open
and inclusive membership ethos, including government, academia,
voluntary organisations and commercial archaeologists. The Forum's main
goal is to raise the profile and awareness of the archaeological
heritage in Northern Ireland and through this to encourage and
facilitate its protection and promotion to the public and decision
For further information on the Forum or the event please contact Sue
Christie at 028 90455770 or 028 92682770.
Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, Director, Council for British Archaeology
St Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ, UK
tel 01904 671417, fax 01904 671384, web www.britarch.ac.uk
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