Bring A Trowel And Do Some Digging in Cashel

Cashel Chamber are delighted to hear of a new venture that has the potential to attract students and keen amateur archaeologists to the town this summer.

Cashel Chamber are delighted to hear of a new venture that has the potential to attract students and keen amateur archaeologists to the town this summer.

Rathnadrinna Fort is the largest and best preserved of Cashel’s forts, and forthcoming research here presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the evolution and function of such sites in a royal landscape - Cashel of the Kings. From the seventh century AD Cashel was synomonous with the Eóganacht dynasty and later still the Dal gCais and the McCarthy’s until the late twelfth century. Rathnadrinna may be one of the inauguration sites of the Kings of Cashel and Munster.

The exciting Rathnadrinna excavation will run for eight weeks from 11th June to 3rd August 2012. We are looking for volunteers to come and dig at the site under the guidance of a team of very experienced professional archaeologists. The volunteers must be able to commit for a minimum period of one week, but can stay for the entire season if they wish!

The only other requirements for volunteers is that they must be 18 years or older, and they must provide their own archaeology trowel (eg. WHS 4 inch pointing trowel) – all other tools and equipment will be available for use on site. Accommodation, food and transport are not provided, but a centralised pick-up and drop-off spot will be organised with local transport agents.

The dig site is on a working farm, and for that reason access will be on a strictly organised basis (morning access and evening exit). For further details see www.facebook.com/rathnadrinna or email Richard richardcashel@yahoo.co.uk