Dig It! with YAC at Fowler's Pottery, Northern Ireland - Competition now open
A team of archaeologists The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University Belfast (CAF) are conducting a community excavation at the site of a Fowler’s Pottery near Coalisland in Northern Ireland this June. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day working as an archaeologist!
Three lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Saturday 8th June 2019.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will have the opportunity to experience a range of field-based tasks. They will work in the trenches investigating the buildings and features associated with the pottery - excavating, completing archaeological drawings and processing finds.
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Fowler's Pottery on Saturday 8th of June 2019, just answer this question:
When was Coalisland Canal built? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to email@example.com marked Dig It! Competition – Fowler's Pottery
Remember to include your name, age, email contact and YAC branch. Please also ensure you have parental/carer permission and note this in your email.
Closing date: Midnight May 26th 2019
Winners must be free on Saturday 8th of June 2019, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners by email.
You can find the competition Terms and Conditions here: T&C's - Fowler's Pottery
About Fowler's Pottery
The site of Fowler’s Pottery is in private ownership and with the kind permission of the landowner the excavation will be conducted as a collaboration between the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership and Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The town of Coalisland gets its name from the abundant coal deposits discovered in the East Tyrone area in the late 17th century. In order reduce the cost of transporting coal from the Tyrone coalfields to Dublin, Coalisland Canal was constructed, which linked the coalfields with Lough Neagh, via the River Blackwater. Construction of the canal began in 1733 and although progress was slow, it opened in 1787. During the construction of the canal and the re-routing of the River Torrent, the workers came onto a thick bed of clay which was suitable for the manufacture of pottery, tile and draining pipes. This led to the establishment of numerous potteries in the area which were able to make usel of the local resources (both clay and fuel) to make their product and the new canal to transport their wares to the market place.
Fowler's Pottery, owned by Enoch Fowler, was one of the potteries established in the Coalisland area in the 19th century. The Pottery is not marked on the 1st or 3rd edition Ordnance Survey maps, but does appear on the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map which dates to around 1860. This suggests that the Pottery was in active use for a relatively short period of time between 1840 and 1880. Today the location of the Pottery is a greenfield site with no trace of the associated buildings visible on the ground.
The excavation Fowler’s Pottery will enable archaeologists to identify what type of wares were manufactured at the Pottery, establish the scale and organisation of the site and locate specific areas associated with different aspects of pottery production.