School visit from Dunollie on 6th November 2012

Two Learning and Events officers from Dunollie Museum and Cultural centre – Archaeologist Tara Coia and Historian and Gaelic scholar Aonghas Murray – spent the day at Lismore Primary giving the children a taste of archaeology. It is part of a two session programme organised by Lorraine King and Jennifer Baker from Lismore Heritage Centre in which the children are learning about the significance of the islandís archaeological past.

Tara and Aonghas brought with them 3 boxes of prepared soil so the children could not only experience a simulated dig but also learn how to wash, label, draw and record everything they found. The plan was to get some time outside at Killandrist with tape measures and pegs finding out how a real dig is organised but the weather was not good and there was a great deal to do in the time available. The childrenís fascination with the experience was obvious from the outset and their concentration on the tasks very impressive. In their next session in the museum itself they will explore the items in the collection that have been discovered on Lismore, learn their significance and how to be on the look out for their own discoveries.

Text and photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th November 2012

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