I love seeing archaeology presented in interesting ways like this, the public likes to be entertained and there is nothing wrong with giving them what they want, as long as the substance is there under the pleasant gloss of shiny graphics!
Down with woolly jumper archaeology (but up with woolly jumpers in general, its bleedin' cold out!) and up with sexy, slick, and hopefully popular archaeology. Forget disseminating (snore), lets entertain!
Archaeological exhibition at the County Museum, Dundalk
An exhibition highlighting some of the many archaeological discoveries made during the construction of the M1 western bypass opened on Monday 30th November last at the County Museum, Dundalk. Entitled ASI Archaeological Scene Investigations in North Louth the exhibition features a host of interesting discoveries including a couple of beautifully decorated and carved stones, a copper pin, glass beads, several intact bowls dating from the Stone Age as well as an extremely rare bowl with five feet. The exhibition also contains some marvellous photographs of work at sites including Donaghamore, Faughart Lower, Newtownbalregan and Carnmore to name but a few. In featuring the work at these sites, the exhibition also looks at the way in which archaeologists investigated and established as to what had actually occurred at these sites hundreds and thousands of years ago. Views of the exhibition and the opening may be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-U8Y-E1_pg .
According to Museum Curator, Brian Walsh, the exhibition highlights the development of life in north Louth over many hundreds of years. “When you see these intact bowls found in Carnmore you can almost see how they were originally used. You get such a strong feeling of history looking at such a simple object.” He also added that the exhibition tries to show the way in which archaeologists investigate the past, how they interpret certain items and how this gives an insight into the past. “In many ways these sites are like a mystery with the various finds acting as clues hinting at a way of life long gone, and it is this sense of investigation that we’ve tried to get across in the exhibition.”
Admission to the exhibition is free but booking is advised. Enquiries in relation to the competition exhibition should be made to the Museum at 042 9327056 or by checking out www.dundalkmuseum.ie