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The Nation's Staycation: A guide to Peatland Archaeology in Ireland

The Nation's Staycation: A guide to Peatland Archaeology in Ireland

Rosie Everett
WetFutures (UCC)

The WetFutures team have been racking their brains as to how they can transmit their current research and enthusiasm for peatland archaeology and heritage into an output that complies with current guidelines during the pandemic.

National Heritage Week for WetFutures is usually about being out in the field, taking groups out onto the famous bogs of Ireland and showing off the wonders that can be found buried beneath the bogs; but with the current situation, they have decided to adapt.

This year, they have decided to do a virtual tour of Ireland and highlight some of the wonderful bogs and archaeology-related sites that can be explored by the public during these unusual times.

They not only want to encourage people to get out and experience the incredible landscape and history of the bogs, but also to explore new parts of the country that people may not have visited before. They want to highlight not only some of Ireland’s best spots for archaeology spotting, but also where the best ice cream is available on-route!

Following the National Heritage Week ethos, this project is about maximising community engagement, inclusivity, and aims to bring together heritage and education value to the general public during a difficult time.

They want to highlight not just places that are weather-dependent friendly, but also those that are good for families, those with accessibility needs and the best spots for a good walk.

They also include guidance on following all COVID-19 rules.

A post-lockdown guide to peatlands, archaeology and heritage: Where to see the best sites in Ireland

WetFutures_National_Heritage_Week_handout.pdf

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