Amplify Archaeology Podcast Episode 1 Glendalough

Glendalough is one of the most iconic places in Ireland.  Saint Kevin is believed to have founded a monastery in this stunningly beautiful valley in County Wicklow some time in the later sixth century.  The monastery went on to become a famed centre of learning, and it had a long and illustrious history.  Today, thanks to its glorious setting, this site has become one of the most visited heritage sites in Ireland.  Kevin and his monastery has been subject to much scholarly discussion, histories, hagiographies, folklore and legend over the years.  However, there had been little modern archaeological study carried out until Professor Graeme Warren and Conor McDermott of the UCD School of Archaeology began to carry out a series of investigations, surveys and excavations over the last number of years.

Combining their expertise, with the local community and a variety of land owners and stakeholders, they formed the Glendalough Heritage Forum to help promote the cultural heritage of Glendalough and to increase collaboration between different groups, not least the local community. The Glendalough Heritage Forum community excavations are funded by Wicklow County Council, the Heritage Council and UCD School of Archaeology, with substantial support in kind from National Parks and Wildlife Services and Office of Public Works.

We had the opportunity to join the archaeologists on site, where we had a chat with Graeme, Conor and the team who generously took the time to give us some wonderful insights into the project and the challenges and joys of archaeology.

Visit the Excavation During Heritage Week

The UCD School of Archaeology team at the Glendalough Heritage Forum have a number of wonderful events and opportunities during Heritage Week.

  • Tours of Glendalough Excavations

    20 – 24th August 2018, 2pm – 3pm (free, but arrive early as parking can be limited)

    Join a guided tour of the UCD School of Archaeology excavations at Glendalough. Examine the trenches and artefacts and find out how archaeologists discover the past. Meet at the round tower. See for details.

  • Art of Market Cross at Glendalough. Glendalough Heritage Forum with the Discovery Programme

    25 August 2018, 11am – 2:30pm (free, but parking can be limited so arrive early)

    A painting workshop for all ages examining the beautiful stone panels of the Market Cross that once stood in Glendalough & the chance to explore 3D models of the cross & other Glendalough monuments. Large scale painting workshop for all ages examining the beautiful stone panels of the Market Cross that once stood in Glendalough. You’ll also have the opportunity to view 3d models of the market cross and many of the other monuments at Glendalough. Explore the intricate details of this fascinating cross and its history by being part of this heritage project. Visit for more details.

  • Open Day at Glendalough Excavations

    25 August 2018, 12pm – 4pm (free, but parking can be limited so arrive early)

    Open day at UCD School of Archaeology excavations at Glendalough, with tours, displays and interactive activities including workshops, demonstrations of laser scanning and other forms of recording. Car parking is very limited in Glendalough – arrive early! Site is located immediately west of main monastic complex, through gate near round tower. For wheel chair access please contact organisers.

    Visit for more details.

Glendalough Podcast

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Amplify Archaeology Podcast Episode 1 Glendalough

This podcast will hopefully be the first in a series, where we meet some of Ireland’s archaeologists to discuss the key periods, places and people that tell the story of Ireland, and where we gain new insights into the practice and techniques of modern Irish archaeology. I’d love some feedback, so please do leave a comment below – and if you have any questions about Irish archaeology please do let me know, we can try to answer them in forthcoming episodes.

Finally if you enjoyed this podcast I’d be really grateful if you could share it and tell your friends.

The podcast is an Abarta Heritage production.  It was recorded on site by Neil Jackman (the interviewer), with the assistance of Dr Conor Ryan.  We are very grateful to Professor Graeme Warren, Conor McDermott, and all the team at Glendalough for their hospitality and for taking part in this pilot podcast.