We are delighted to announce that the meeting to formally launch the Bere Island Archaeology Project will take place this coming June Bank Holiday weekend. We are extremely grateful to Bere Island Heritage Centre for providing their premises as a venue for the event. The meeting will take place at 3pm on Saturday, 2 June and will continue for approximately 30 minutes. It is designed to inform the local community and any other interested individuals of our plans for this year and hopes for the future. We intend to keep the meeting very informal and hope to have a good dialogue with everyone who can make it. There will be three main topics discussed:
1) Colm Moloney, MD of Rubicon Heritage will give an overview of who we are, why we are interested in the archaeology of Bere Island, and what we hope to achieve for both the island’s archaeology and the local community.
2) Damian Shiels, Director of Rubicon and Conflict Archaeologist will follow with an overview of the aims for this year, consisting of a survey and analysis of Bere Island’s Napoleonic-era military defences. This project has received the support of Bere Island Projects Ltd and grant funding from the Heritage Council. We hope to look at sites and locations which include the martello towers and batteries, the signal tower, redoubt and commissary store among others. He will also outline our plans for outreach and how the information resulting from the project may be utilised.
3) Brian MacDomhnaill, Technical Services Manager at Rubicon will discuss the survey methods we will be using on these sites, and will describe our intentions to include local community participation during the fieldwork stage.
I hope that anyone in the locality who is interested in the project will have an opportunity to pop along and meet us. As stated above it will be a very informal affair, so we hope to see you at 3pm on 2 June for a chat about Bere’s fabulous archaeology and some light refreshments!