Community Archaeology Project

Launch of Sligo Community Archaeology Project

Sligo has an exceptional wealth of archaeological monuments spread throughout the county, from mounds and tombs to castles and medieval churches. The archaeology of Sligo dates from earliest times to the present day and includes approximately 6,500 known sites which are located throughout our countryside. Landowners, including farmers, developers, public bodies and the general public, are the custodians of this heritage resource.

Increasingly, local communities are realising the value of their local archaeological resource and there is a demand for greater community involvement with the county’s archaeology whether through directly experiencing sites and monuments, or by developing heritage trails, exhibitions or events. 

During 2018, the Sligo Community Archaeology Project will focus on; Promoting awareness, knowledge and understanding of the local archaeological resource among individuals and community groups in the county;  Promoting heritage best practice in relation to researching and undertaking works relating to archaeological monuments and; Developing a strategic approach to community archaeology in County Sligo, through working with key stakeholders on specific themes.

The ‘Sligo Community Archaeology Project’ is an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020.  The project is funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and is being delivered by Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology on behalf of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.  The project will run initially from January to the end of May 2018.

Any Sligo based community groups who are currently involved in, or who are considering developing a Community Archaeology Project in their area can contact Tamlyn McHugh directly on Mobile:  086 8706529 or by email at

For general queries on the Sligo Community Archaeology Project please contact, Siobhán Ryan, Heritage Officer, Sligo County Council by emailing