Lend a hand to dig the land with Dig Tralee!

Are you interested in archaeology and history, like working outdoors, and are keen to learn new skills by working alongside experts? If so, come along to Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse on Tuesday 31 May at 7.00pm to find out more about how to get involved in Dig Tralee. This is a community archaeology project that aims to explore the hillfort site at Knockanacuig, on the outskirts of Tralee and uncover what role it might have played in the origins of the town.

Knockanacuig hillfort was once an enclosure of significant size and height that commanded a view of the surrounding area for miles around, possibly around 2,500 years old or perhaps even older. This could well be where the town of Tralee began, long before the Normans arrived and established an urban centre. But now, as the modern town encroaches on all sides, the landscape context in which the monument sits is being lost bit by bit. Dig Tralee provides an opportunity to find out more about the site, to reinstate its prominence in the history of the town, and to connect people today with the town’s earliest inhabitants.

The project is an initiative of Kerry County Council, who will be responsible for the excavation, and Kerry County Museum, who will take charge of the community engagement. If you can’t make it to the information session on 31 May, get in touch with Kerry County Museum by phone 066 712 7777; email info@kerrymuseum.ie or check out www.kerrymuseum.ie or the Museum’s social media accounts to find out more.

  • Date – 31st May 2022
  • Venue –Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse
  • Time 7:00pm