Mark Kelly

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Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Meath, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Mark has worked as an archaeologist for the past 21 years and holds an MA in Archaeological Practice. He currently runs his own award winning heritage & educational based company the School of Irish Archaeology. He caters for all aged groups nationwide running archaeology camps, afterschool programmes, heritage events and festivals. (For more info - Click Here).

In-person school visits

Mobile Outdoor Archaeological Museum - THE BIG DIG. The workshop gives children the chance to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. As they dig through the site, participants will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1,000 years. They will learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors as history is brought to life.


  • "A very child-centred workshop. Great Q&A time. Differentiated for each class setting."
  • "There was a great sense of excitement about the Big Dig Visit. The weather was awful ..but Mark and his team were wonderful. They set up their trailer and brought tonnes of artefacts for children to find in the treasure ground of the big trailer. The initial talk set the scene and was always at a level suitable to the age group. Tasks were explained very clearly and the children were involved at every stage. Great care was taken to involve all the children and small diffculties were handled deftly. There was a feedback session at the end of each workshop where the children could discuss what they had found. All classes were involved in small groups over the 2 days. It was a great experience for all involved."
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  • "The 'Big Dig' was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. Thank you!"
  • "Mark engaged with the kids throughout the workshop, they were utterly engrossed with his knowledge. The content was right on par, a perfect mix of information coupled with practical application. Would recommend him to anyone. We can't wait till next week! The kids were enthralled with Mark. His ease of communication with the kids is amazing." - Laois Home Education, Laois
  • "A wonderful experience for the whole school. It was a pleasure dealing with Mark and his team. I would recommend this workshop to other schools." - St Mary’s NS, Limerick
  • "We were very impressed with how the day went and the children absolutely loved it! All the boys were full of chat of the artefacts that they found!" - St Patrick's Boys' NS, Dublin
  • "Children really enjoyed the ‘Big Dig’. They would not have learned as well without the hands on interaction and the time for talk/ discussion with the specialist team" - Nicker NS, Limerick

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

087 7556808