Timahoe Heritage Festival 2022.

12:00 pm Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June.

The Big Dig are coming to Timahoe Heritage Festival for both days of this year’s Heritage Festival. Kids will have a unique opportunity to take part in, and learn the skills of a real archeological dig. Places are very limited, so only those with a ticket can take part. 

What a wonderful setting too, in the grounds of historical Timahoe Round Tower & Heritage Centre.

Tickets for the Big Dig are FREE, but limited to 12 per session! Booking is required.

We will post links for booking your place shortly. Keep an eye on our social media for more details. 


Archeological Dig at Timahoe Round Tower
The School of Irish Archeology

“The School of Irish Archaeology’s mission is to educate our young people about Ireland’s rich ancient culture. We bring the past to life through practical, interactive experiences in a hands-on learning environment.
The Big Dig and other SIA events recreate archaeological excavation sites, where children discover their past using simple tools and techniques. We aim to introduce the profession of archaeology to children in a fun and enjoyable way.
This approach is perfectly suited to a child’s natural curiosity and eagerness to roll up their sleeves and explore a site. They learn to recognise and log details of ancient artefacts, tools, bones and utensils, as they develop an understanding of Irish heritage, culture and identity.

Ireland’s landscape and regions contain a wealth of historical treasures, which means a different story can be discovered wherever we go. Our classes, camps and events take in geological and environmental circumstances of ancient times, which often determined where a culture might thrive, and where it would not.
Children can take a step back into history, as they recreate ancient items such as clay pots and leather shoes, and even ancient weapons. Our camps offer a safe and fun environment, where we explore the past through our future.”

Mark Kelly
Director and founder of The School of Irish Archaeology

School of Irish Archaeology – The School of Irish Archaeology

The School of Irish Archaeology is proud to introduce The Big Dig, a replica ‘Viking House’ and excavation site where children can explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeology dig.