The Disert Heritage Project conducted the first season of an archaeological excavation between 1 July and 19 July 2019. This was carried out in conjunction with IT Sligo, California State University, LA, the Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College and Donegal Co Co.  As well as the excavation itself there were a series of social and cultural events – see our Facebook page for details. The community events were supported by Donegal Co. Co. Heritage Office and Donegal Co. Co. Development Fund. We also hosted guided tours of the excavation and had places for community volunteers to take part in actually digging.

You can download a copy of the Preliminary Excavation Report, which was submitted to the National Monuments Service.

We plan to continue excavating this year.  If you can help to fund future seasons of the excavation then we would really appreciate any donations you can make, however small.

Some excavation photos:

A montage of visitors – thank you to those who visited, and especially to those who brought home baking!



Volunteers conducting survey work in 2016 (c) Fiona Beglane
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Site tour (c) Ed Wiazewicz


Taking a break from survey work in 2018 (c) Fiona Beglane