The Big Dig at Bray Head
The Big Dig at Bray combines creativity and archaeology, and is a must for all children interested in treasure hunting, making coins or designing their own medieval leatherwork.
At this hands-on and fun event, kids get to participate in a simulated archaeological excavation, digging for Viking treasures and artefacts, and learning more about the lifestyles of their Viking ancestors. There will also be a demonstration of medieval coin striking and a workshop where participants can learn more about the artistic skills involved and have a go at striking their own coin.
At the Medieval Drawstring Pouch Workshop, children learn about leatherworking and learn how to make their own medieval drawstring pouch, which they take home.
Led by School of Irish Archaeology staff, the children learn about the process of leatherworking, from the initial removal of hide, to the preparation of leather in the tanner's yard, to when it is finally ready for wearing. The gory, mucky details of this process are always a big hit!
The Big Dig runs in hourly slots from 11am to 4pm with advance booking required, while the coin and leather workshops run on a drop-in basis.