This year we are using the opportunity to publish an interactive visualisation of some recent excavations from the construction of the N18 Oranmore to Gort national road scheme in south Galway. The excavations produced evidence of human settlement from the early Stone Age to the early modern period.

Click below to view the interactive content (requires Adobe Flash).

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Schools Project

Archaeology is an important part of the school curriculum in Ireland today and teachers are encouraged to explore the interactive presentation with their classes and engage in the schools project. Click below to view more details about the project.

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About the N18 Road Project

The N18 Oranmore to Gort will consist of 27 km of dual carriageway. Eachtra Archaeological Projects were commissioned by Galway County Council, with funds from the National Roads Authority, to undertake archaeological investigations along the line of the new road. Following preliminary research, surveys and test excavations, 23 archaeological sites were identified within the road corridor and were excavated by a large multinational field team in 2008.

The excavations will be published as a book later this year and also as an interactive CD distributed to schools in Galway. The Interactive CD is being published here as part of the National Heritage Week events and activities. Heritage Week is organised by the Heritage Council and involves over 1000 events.