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

Free Tours of the Hill of Slane for Heritage Week 2014

There will be an action-packed week on the Hill of Slane  during Heritage Week including daily free tours as well as a demonstration of the latest archaeological surveying technologies. The tours will cover the long history of the site from prehistory to the present, including the famous visit by St Patrick,  with an emphasis on the physical remains and the visible archaeological monuments. Results from the ongoing archaeological survey work being conducted on the hill will be presented in context. For more information about Heritage Week events in Meath and around the country, please visit heritageweek.ie.

This year there has been an exciting new development – there is now a group of local volunteer guides who have come together to offer tours of the site. Heritage Week 2014 is to be the official launch of this new service and we hope that the scheme will develop over time.

In addition to the tours which will take place at 3pm on each day of Heritage Week (apart from Sunday 24th which is the Ladywell Fete at Slane Castle, another Heritage Week event), there will be a display of geophysical survey techniques on the site. If you have ever seen the Channel 4 programme Time Team, you will be familiar with the ‘geophys’ equipment they used to rapidly survey sites. Come along and have all your questions answered about these an other modern archaeological survey techniques! This is being kindly facilitated by Kevin Barton of Landscape and Geophysical Services who has been involved in the Hill of Slane Archaeological Project since its inception and Meath County Council Heritage Office. Further details here.

Tours will take about an hour, maybe more depending on the level of interest! Please dress for the weather, this is an open site. Also, please wear appropriate footwear.

The dates and times of the tours on the Hill of Slane are as follows:

  • Saturday 23rd – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Sunday 24th August – No tour. Ladywell Fete Slane Castle.
  • Monday 25th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Tuesday 26th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Wednesday 27th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Thursday 28th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Friday 29th August  – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
  • Saturday 30th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2.30pm. Remote Sensing/geophysics demonstration.
  • Sunday 31st August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.

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Kite aerial photography underway on the Hill of Slane during the ArcLand International Archaeological Field School in April 2012

Kite aerial photography; oblique photograph taken from the east showing St Patrick’s church and graveyard and the College/rectory which were scanned in the terrestrial laser scanning module. (photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

Kite aerial photography; oblique photograph taken from the east showing St Patrick’s church and graveyard and the College/rectory which were scanned in the terrestrial laser scanning module. (photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

Kite aerial photography; near vertical photograph of the multi-method geophysical survey area to east of the graveyard. The locations of the georeferencing control points are highlighted in white. (photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

Kite aerial photography; near vertical photograph of the multi-method geophysical survey area to east of the graveyard. The locations of the georeferencing control points are highlighted in white. (photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

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