We benefit greatly from housing the Centre for Community of Archaeology (CCA) established in 2016 in response to the changing remit of the former Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF; 2002-2016). This centre undertakes outreach activities with local communities across Northern Ireland. It enables volunteer adults and school children to participate in archaeological fieldwork projects through community-based excavations, while facilitating the involvement of local people in the study of their local heritage.
The centre is aligned with the Belfast Young Archaeologists’ Club and with the Ulster Archaeological Society. The former offers young enthusiasts the opportunity to learn more about archaeology through monthly meetings and fieldtrips, while the latter has a long-standing relationship with Queen’s and hosts lectures, fieldtrips and fieldwork events.
The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) obtains commercial work from the Department for Communities, the police and civil engineering companies, thus exposing students to employers, but also providing teaching with information on what the current employment market requires from our graduates.