This is the biggest built heritage project which will be overseen and managed by the Lough Neagh Partnership itself. The archaeology programme has four goals:
Goal 1: Increase our understanding of Lough Neagh’s unique built and cultural heritage through new research. This will be done through the production and implementation of a series of archaeological site investigations and digs around the shores of the Lough, the compilation of a database of known archaeological artefacts and the dissemination of new research through a series of publications, exhibitions, conferences, blogs and Discover Lough Neagh website. Six potential sites have been identified for research.
Goal 2: Repair and consolidate archaeological monuments or remains and enhance public access to sites. This will be done through the conservation of the late medieval church on Church Island, Lough Beg, work at Cranfield Holy well and the Ardboe high cross, Ardboe. The project will also provide public access to the remains of the medieval monastery at Ardboe and information for new interpretation panels at key archaeological sites as part of a Lough-wide signage programme.
Goal 3: This will focus on the area increasing peoples understanding of the heritage of the Lough and reconnecting people. It will achieve this through a series of exhibitions, schools programmes, cultural and historical events walks and talks all within the Lough Neagh Landscape.
Goal 4: The main purpose of this part of the Archaeology plan is to develop an associated heritage skills set for local people and volunteers. This will include the implementation of a series of heritage skills workshops such as eel net making, basket making and pottery making. It will also focus on the development of landscape interpretation skills such as archaeology and field walking training sessions and basis surveying and excavation skills. This will allow volunteers to become actively involved in excavations and digs.