The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the landscape tells a story of man’s relationship with the land from prehistoric times to the present day. Evidence is still present in the landscape, however much of it is as yet is still undiscovered.


The Belfast Hills Partnership has already carried out four successful community archaeology projects at Ballyaghagan, Divis Mountain, Carnmoney Hill and Slievenacloy Nature Reserve.


We hope to continue this voyage of archaeological excavation by surveying new sites and giving young people the chance to really get their ‘hands on’ history.


We aim to:


  • Inspire young people to become passionate about their local heritage.
  • Encourage young people to explore and discover the rich history on their doorstep.
  • Empower young people to develop new skills relevant to developing their future careers and volunteering.
  • Encourage young people, residents and local communities to value and protect their built heritage and cultural environment.
  • Bring the past to life through archaeology and creative engagement.