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Primary school webinar: Viking Age Kerry

May 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am

| Free

Did you know that there is an important Viking burial site in Kerry? Cloghermore Cave, near Tralee, County Kerry was excavated 25 years ago and is now a National Monument. Archaeologist found more than 350 Viking objects, including hack silver, fragments of a shield boss and weapons, combs, amber beads, spindle whorls and even some gaming pieces from a Viking board game called Hnefetafl. These objects are part of Kerry County Museum’s collections and some of the most important artefacts are on permanent display. Kerry County Museum has invited archaeologist Francesca Callaghan, an expert in Viking Age Kerry and Heritage in School Specialist with the Heritage Council, to bring Kerry’s Viking past to life in this interactive webinar. Francesca will use her own living history display based on the finds from Cloghermore Cave and other Viking sites across Ireland to tell the story of Kerry in the Viking Age. Pupils will learn what life was like as a Viking child growing up in Ireland over 1000 years ago. Francesca will finish with a fun Viking quiz and there will be a Q&A session at the end.

Francesca Callaghan is an archaeologist, heritage educator and ancient technology specialist. She is a Heritage in Schools Specialist with The Heritage Council of Ireland. She holds a PhD Track (MPhil) and BA (Hons) in Archaeology. Through her company Explore Archaeology, Francesca has facilitated archaeological workshops, webinars and events for schools, children, families
and adults across heritage sites in Ireland and the UK – including Brú na Bóinne, Kilkenny Castle, Loughcrew Cairns and Kerry County Museum.

Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024

Time: 9.30 am – 10.15 am

Venue: Online Via Zoom

Presented by: Francesca Callaghan (archaeologist and heritage-educator) on behalf of Kerry County Museum

Duration: 30 minutes + 15 mins Quiz and Q&A (45 mins in total)

Suitable for: 3rd – 6th Class (older and younger pupils are more than welcome)

Strand/ Unit: Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)

Registration is via the Education Support Centre Tralee:



May 23
9:30 am - 10:15 am