Discovering Our Past: an introduction to archaeology

The Hill of The O’Neill has been the site of a number of archaeological investigations, most notably that carried out during the 2007 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 who were involved in the “Time Team” excavation, and who will be returning to the Hill of The O’Neill to facilitate Discovering Our Past.

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.

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Key Stage KS2/3 pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the work that archaeologists do, and learn how they find out about the past
  • Take part in archaeological exercises
  • Discover the significance of the Hill of The O’Neill as an historical site of national and international importance

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