Get Involved In Lurgan’s Medieval Dig

Archaeological excavations at Kilmocholmóg site in 2022.

Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeology? This is your chance!

ABC Council’s Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme and Craigavon Historical Society are encouraging local people to join the team from Northern Archaeological Consultancy Ltd as they carry out excavation work at an early medieval (AD400-1100) site in Lurgan.

The site known as Kilmocholmóg, meaning ‘Church of my little Colman’, is located just off the Kilmore Road in Lurgan, and has long been regarded locally as a place of significant historical and archaeological importance.

From Monday 19 June to Friday 07 July (Monday-Friday), the team will focus on unearthing and discovering more information about the early medieval settlement, which was uncovered last year. Finds from last year included the remains of a souterrain, which is an underground chamber used for storing food or providing refuge, a round house, and also prehistoric (4,000 BC) features such as knapped flint and pottery.

Open to everyone, the community dig initiative has limited volunteer places available and will run two sessions per day as follow:

  • Morning session: 9.30am to 12pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm to 3.30pm

Please note under 16s can attend with an accompanying adult by prior arrangement.

So, if you’re ready to dig deeper into your local history and heritage, get in touch by emailing .

Organised by the Craigavon Historical Society in partnership with the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme, this community dig has been funded by National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more about Kilmocholmóg, please click here.