Creating Opportunities and Managing Expectations: Evaluating Community Archaeology in Ireland

  • Christine BakerEmail author
  • Finola O’Carroll
  • Paul Duffy
  • Denis Shine
  • Steve Mandal
  • Michael Mongey
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)


Community archaeology in Ireland has developed as a hybrid of public outreach and community-based projects, each having its own opportunities and challenges. Despite community participation in archaeology becoming increasingly popular over the recent years, funding, conflicting expectations, and sustainability are proving to be issues. It is therefore timely to review the participation of both practitioners and communities. In this chapter, the authors will use their specific perspectives—local authority, community-based, field school—to assess the models and value of community archaeology in Ireland.


Public participant Community engagement models Animation Empowerment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Baker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Finola O’Carroll
    • 2
  • Paul Duffy
    • 3
  • Denis Shine
    • 4
  • Steve Mandal
    • 4
  • Michael Mongey
    • 5
  1. 1.Fingal County CouncilFingalIreland
  2. 2.Blackfriary Archaeological Field SchoolTrimIreland
  3. 3.Grassroots ArchaeologyDublinIreland
  4. 4.Irish Archaeology Field SchoolDublinIreland
  5. 5.Resurrecting MonumentsDublinIreland

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