The Archaeologists - Archaeologists who worked on excavations on the N52 Mullingar-Belvedere and N6 Kinnegad-Kilbeggan road schemes (Valerie J Keeley Ltd) talk about their experiences there and about archaeology in general.

Wood Quay Protest March, 1979 - This is a short film of the Second Great Viking March, one of two marches held in 1978-9 to protest against Dublin Corporation's plans to destroy the Viking site at Wood Quay, Dublin, without excavation. The Corporation (today known as Dublin City Council) wanted the site for their new headquarters, a set of grim bunker-like structures. The protests were spearheaded by the Rev. Professor F.X. Martin, a prominent historian. They were largely successful, in that most of the remainder of the site was excavated before building took place. The Civic Offices were built in the end, but after two of the 'bunkers' were built, the design was changed. Meanwhile, however, people had become more aware of the importance of excavating archaeological remains before development.

Thaddeus C. Breen
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