Exploring the archaeology, landscape and history of Slane, Co. Meath

Conference: Recent Archaeological Research in the Boyne Valley

A day conference is currently being organised to present an overview of archaeological research that has taken place in the broader Boyne Valley region over the last two years. This free conference will be sponsored by the Office of Public Works and will be held on Saturday 15th December 2012 in the Conyngham Arms Hotel in Slane. Numbers are limited so please register your intention to attend with either conor.brady@dkit or stephen.davis@ucd.ie.

In spite of the economic down-turn archaeological research has continued to take place in the Boyne Valley. This is often on a more ‘low-key’ or ‘shoestring’ basis than before and new and valuable insights into our archaeological heritage are being made. Accounts of a number of excavations on the region will presented and there will also be examples of the testing of new technologies, perhaps to be rolled out on a larger scale at some stage in the future when funding becomes more accessible. Another aspect of a number of projects is the increased input from local communities who are engaging in a direct and creative way with aspects of their heritage.

This is a follow-up conference to the highly successful conference held in the d Hotel in Drogheda in January 2011 (postponed from December 2010 because of the snow). This time the conference will be in the newly reopened Conyngham Arms Hotel in Slane right in the heart of the Boyne Valley and a stone’s throw from the Brú na Bóinne WHS. Hopefully we won’t be snowed out again this time!

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