Public Archaeology collaboration
Cross-border cooperation is evident in the sharing of expertise in both regions of Ireland and Wales and is necessary to deliver this operation, given the intrinsic shared nature of the operation content. This pilot seeks to identify the platforms and cultural assets that will allow visitors immerse themselves in a cluster of cultural experiences that are connected through time and place as they travel within the Operation jurisdiction.
Cross-border collaboration is further evidenced in the shared archaeological goals of Portalis. The focus here is on gaining a better understanding of where our earliest ancestors came from, where their sites are and how the landscapes of occupation differed from those of the present day. In order to achieve these objectives, extant museum collections are reviewed, limited fieldwork on new sites is undertaken to understand environmental change and create a common narrative for early occupation.
This collaborative approach extends to creating Citizen Archaeologist resources and innovative visitor experiences based on authentic and captivating narratives, provide new and widely accessible content. This will be utilised to build on existing research by developing interpretative heritage tourism offers which provides the foundations for enhancing the touristic offers within the cross-border area.
Portalis cross border activities and measurable outcomes are aligned closely with ‘Archaeology 2025’ by the Royal Academy & Discovery Programme. This is a ten year strategy to guide the future development of Irish Archaeology. It aims to raise awareness of the value of archaeology and recognise that 3D modelling, digital archiving and community archaeology are changing the landscapes of how archaeological investigations are conducted.