Community archaeology and multimedia – historic graves

Community archaeology is done by teams which include archaeologists – archaeologists are not the leads – they collaborate and contribute. Caimin O’Brien of the National Monuments Service and Bernie Goldbach of LIT have encouraged Eachtra  to develop the use of off-the-shelf technology in community surveys of historic graveyards. Farmers, school children from 10-16, and a wide range of community members have all had a hand in generating hyperlocal heritage videos using digital cameras in general and the iPod Touch in particular. Add iMovie to the Touch and videos can be recorded, edited and published all without the intervention of a laptop or desktop computer. Heritage media production is now in the hands of the community.

The Sounds of an Historic Graveyard in East Cork, Ireland

Tomb gate

Gate and leaves at tomb entrance in Garranekinnefeake,Cork, Ireland

Taking advantage of the soft morning light the Aghada/Whitegate Graveyard research group conducted a geotagged photographic survey of Garrankinnefeake this morning. We will publish the photographs later on but for now we can publish a file which records some of the sounds of an historic graveyard in Ireland. Nothing much happens, birdsong and the distant chatof community volunteers is all you hear but the sounds, voices and accents are distinctive to the east side of Cork harbour. They form the aural backdrop of a day of archaeology.