CAF have been working with the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership since 2014. This has centered around highly successful community excavations at Doonmore (a medieval enclosure), Retreat (an eighteenth-century country house) and Cloghancor (a prehistoric tomb). Local schools participated in the projects, surveying, excavating and learning about artefacts.
The CAF are a partner in the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership, an HLF funded programme which over the next five years will deliver numerous heritage projects around the lough shore. To date, projects have included geophysical surveys and graveyard surveys at Ardboe and Cranfield, as well as a community excavation at Aghagallon.
The CAF have been working with the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership since 2016. In May 2016, they carried out an community excavation at Cornahove, Co. Armagh, involving numerous primary and secondary school children. The excavation was filmed for the BBC 1 programme 'Home Ground'.
The CAF successfully tendered to work with Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) in 2016 and have completed a heritage audit and built heritage opportunities report to assess, identify and record the built heritage of sites within the LELP area. This work will be used to establish future priorities for preservation, interpretation and access and subsequently inform future funding bids.
Each year, archaeology-palaeoecology run a series of workshops designed to promote the scientific elements of archaeological research as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival. The Festival which runs in February caters for all age groups, with many events free to attend. Our 2018 programme will be announced in January, so keep an eye on this page for further details.
Each year we offer work experience for school and college students. Typically students join us for a week and get experience of archaeological post-excavation techniques such as recovering artefacts and environmental material from excavated samples. All our work is hands-on real work – contributing to the knowledge of Archaeology in Northern Ireland.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the Ulster Archaeological Society at Queen's University, Belfast and the launch of the new Centre for Community Archaeology at Queen's University, Belfast, we are proud to host 'Discovery 2017! Inaugural Annual Review of Archaeological Discoveries in Ulster' conference. The conference launch is being held on Friday 20th October with a full day of lectures on Saturday 21st October.