There will be free tours of the Hill of Slane during Heritage Week covering the long history of the site from prehistory to the present 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.
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:
- Sunday 18th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
- Friday 23rd August – kite aerial photography display 10am (see details below).
- Saturday 24th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 3pm.
- Sunday 25th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 12.30pm.
It is not possible to offer tours on the hill on Saturday 17th because of the second Slane Concert of the summer.
Kite aerial photography underway on the Hill of Slane during the ArcLand International Archaeological Field School in April 2012
This year an additional special event is being offered on the Hill of Slane for Heritage Week. On Friday morning 23rd August there will be a kite aerial photography (KAP) demonstration on the hill starting from 10 am. This is a very economical way to acquire your own aerial photographs of a site/target whether for archaeological or any other purpose, and is becoming increasingly popular. The demonstration will be given by Kevin Barton of Landscape and Geophysical Services. Kevin is an expert in archaeological remote sensing techniques and has been carrying out the geophysical survey work on the Hill of Slane Archaeological Project since it began. Come along to learn and observe the process of taking low-level aerial photographs for archaeological purposes from a ground-controlled kite-mounted digital camera.
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)
Other Heritage Week events in the Slane area this year include the following:
- Herbal Medicine for a healthier You – Conyngham Arms Hotel
Saturday 18th August 3-4.30pm , free event which talks about natural healing using medicinal herbs.
- Slane Historical Countryside Loop Walk
Join the Slane Striders walking group in an evening walk through the countryside,taking in historical monuments including the Hill of Slane.Tuesday 20thAugust,Leaving Slane Village at 7.30pm, €5 pp.
- Village Heritage Walk, Slane Village
Guided by Michael Kelly around Slane’s historical village Friday 23rd August , €5 pp. Meeting at the Boyne Valley Inn at 7.15pm.
Guided walk along the beautiful river Boyne on Slane’s ramparts walk on Sunday 25th August, 3-5pm, with poetry readings and selected prose of Francis Ledwidge. €5 pp.