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Tower Museum talk to explore future of archaeology

07 December 2017

The Tower Museum’s special focus on the life and work of pioneering local archaeologist Mabel Colhoun will continue this month with a final talk by renowned archaeologist and historian Brian Lacey.

The Museum will host the event which explores the development of Irish Archaeology - particularly in the North West - since the days of Mabel Colhoun to the present, on Thursday 14th December at 7pm.

It’s the last in a successful and varied serious of events accompanying the Mabel Colhoun: A North-West Pioneer exhibition which is currently on display at the Tower Museum.

Speaking ahead of the talk, Brian explained that ground breaking work by leading figures in their field such as Mabel Colhoun, have shaped the practices of modern archaeology.

“Mabel Colhoun did the bulk of her archaeological work from the 1940s to the early 1970s,” he explained. “Since that time there have been huge advances in our understanding of Irish archaeology and, of course, there will be further major changes in the future. 

“This talk will focus on areas such as the refinement of chronology and the expansion of technology, and the identification of new kinds of monuments and progress in urban archaeology. These changes were largely based on (and facilitated by) the work of early practitioners such as Mabel and the talk will reflect that and pay tribute to her pioneering activities.”

Curator with Council’s Museums and Visitor Services Department, Roisin Doherty, said: “We are delighted to have Brian at the Tower Museum this Thursday, discussing a topic that highlights the gradual unveiling of our collective archaeological heritage since the early 20th century to the present day.

“We are particularly excited to hear what the future has in store for us, especially with regards to new technology, and the potential of what might lie in store for us beneath the landscape that has yet to be uncovered.”

The talks to date have all proved extremely popular so it’s advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. You can do so by contacting the Tower Museum at [email protected] or by calling 028 71 372411.