Discovering Our Past: an introduction to archaeology

Hill of The O’Neill has been the site of a number of archaeological investigations, most notably that carried out during the Channel 4 television programme “Time Team” which investigated the buried remains of the O’Neill medieval castle and Sir Arthur Chichester’s early 17th century military fort.

Our activity, Discovering Our Past, builds on this work, and uses archaeology as a means for pupils to learn about the past while also gaining new skills. The pupils work alongside a team of archaeologists from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) at Queen’s University Belfast, some of whom were involved in the “Time Team” excavation.

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to archaeological concepts and skills
  • Take part in archaeological exercises
  • Discover the significance of Hill of The O’Neill as an historical site of national and international importance.

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When does the course start?

This activity has been designed for Key Stage 2 (P5-7) and Key Stage 3 pupils, and each session lasts for two hours. The starting times are 10.00am and 12.30pm. It takes place in May.

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