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£3.8m boost for Belfast as archaeologists to meet in city

Professor Eileen Murphy, Queen's University, Aoife Fee, Tourism NI, Catherine Toolan, ICC Belfast, and Rachael McGuickin, Visit Belfast
Professor Eileen Murphy, Queen's University, Aoife Fee, Tourism NI, Catherine Toolan, ICC Belfast, and Rachael McGuickin, Visit Belfast

By Staff Reporter

Belfast has been selected to host Europe's largest annual gathering of archaeologists.

The city joins Barcelona, Istanbul and Lisbon in a line-up of cities to bring up to 2,500 archaeologists together in one place.

The European Association of Archaeology (EAA) will reach the city in August 2022 for the major week-long event, boosting the travel, hospitality and conference economy by £3.8m.

ICC Belfast will host the main four-day conference event, supported by other venues across the city, including Queen's University Belfast, before delegates go on three further full days of field trips, exploring historical sites throughout the island.

Visit Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and ICC Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, were involved in bringing the conference to the city.

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