Minister Deenihan Opens Traces of the Past Exhibition

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Dublin City Council will host the major two day ArcLand Conference at the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Office, Wood Quay, Dublin from 9th – 10th May. The Conference, which will be opened by The Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí, brings together experts from across Europe, and will explore how remote sensing can be used within archaeology.
 
Aerial photography has now been joined by satellite imagery, airborne laser scanning (lidar) and a variety of other airborne and ground-based survey techniques. These are known collectively as remote sensing, since they explore what is beneath the earth or ocean without disturbing its surface or damaging what lies below.
 
Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said “The exhibition gives a unique opportunity to experience the evolution of the different types of technology used from the earliest photography to the latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view some of the most iconic sites from around Ireland”.
 
In the opening address of the Exhibition Jimmy Deenihan T.D Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht said " I have enormous admiration for the work which these professionals have undertaken and for their predecessors who first exploited the potential of the earliest aerial photography, and prepared the way for the incredible images that form the exhibition. I believe that use of remote technology will engage and fascinate the public at large through delivering new and exciting visions of our most well-known heritage sites. This can only assist us in our roles as the guardians and conservers of the monuments which we have been bequeathed".
 
The aims of the exhibition, is to introduce the public to new and exciting sciences. It will allow the public to discover archaeology and cultural heritage from a different perspective and encourage a broader appreciation of the landscape and archaeological heritage of Europe. The exhibition in the Civic Offices is open to the public from the 9th May and ends Thursday the 6th June.

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Notes to the Editor:

Over the past sixty years throughout Europe, archaeological aerial photography has brought to light more previously unknown heritage sites than any other method of exploration.

The content of this exhibition represents the culmination of the collaborative activities of 55 prestigious institutions from 26 European countries. This exhibition aims to ‘Promote the experts’ by highlighting ground breaking research into the application of science and technology to the field of cultural heritage and archaeology. These include: The Discovery Programme, UCD, English Heritage, Italian National Research Council, Spanish National Research Council, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, German Archaeological Institute, University of Leiden.

The Discovery Programme is the Irish government research institution for archaeology and has invited DCC to be a partner in the pan-European conference and month-long exhibition in May. A partnership of this nature will be prestigious for DCC, and recognizes the positive contribution that this organisation has made to the Archaeology of Dublin as Ireland’s capital.
 
A new EU initiative; ArchaeoLandscapes, brings together experts from across Europe to promote and develop the use of remote sensing within archaeology. This exhibition aims to showcase the finest examples of their work and highlights the range of techniques available, and the science and theory behind them. It will illustrate how these techniques have been used on iconic archaeological monuments and landscapes from Ireland and the rest of Europe.
 
The guiding path through the exhibition will be the evolution of the technology from the earliest photography to the latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. Techniques and concepts will be explained and illustrated using case studies and examples selected from the ArchaeoLandscapes partners, ensuring a diverse range of spectacular European archaeology and cultural heritage will be on display. The exhibition will include case studies from Ireland, comprising some of the most prestigious and iconic sites in the country: the passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne, the monastic settlement of Skellig Michael, and the royal site at Hill of Tara.

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For details on Conference see: http://www.discoveryprogramme.ie/

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