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11 June 2004
Northern Ireland Archaeology Day

Northern Ireland's Archaeology Day will take place on 21 June, the summer solstice. A wide variety of events will be run by many different organisations, in a project supported by The Council for British Archaeology (CBA), across the Six Counties. Some events will also take place on Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June.
     Amongst the activities on offer is an open day at Queen's University's School of Archaeology and Palaeoecology in Belfast on 21 June. Also in Belfast, on 20 June, is the chance to make prehistoric pots with potter Deirdre Crone at the Ulster Museum.
    On 19 June there are bus tours of sites in County Armagh, including Clontygora court tomb, the Ogham-inscribed standing stone at Kilnasaggart, the Iron Age hill fort of Faughart Hill (associated with the legend of the Tain Bo Cuailgne), Ballykeel portal tomb, Navan fort and Ballymacdermot court cairn.
    Also on 19 June, in County Down is an archaeological tour includng the recently restored Binder’s Cove Souterrain, and the Legananny Dolmen. At Down County  Museum on 21 June is an archaeology day for schools including activities such as pot-making and flint-knapping. The museum will also be organising a tour of local archaeological sites, including Ballynoe Stone Circle on 20 June.
    County Derry will see an exhibition at the Greenlane Museum in Limavady called "Flints and Fishes: Stone age life in the Causeway area", while at Creggan in County Tyrone, An Creagán Visitor Centre will feature the rebuilding of Ballybriest Wedge Tomb.
    Full details are available from the Northern Ireland NI Environment & Heritage Service website:

http://www.ehsni.gov.uk/built/events/archyday/programme.shtml

Source: NI Environment & Heritage Service (6 June 2004)

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