Archaeology

Archaeology Content

Humans have occupied Ireland for the past 10,000 years, leaving us with a rich legacy of archaeological monuments and landscapes. We work to conserve this unique archaeological heritage.

Our Initiatives

The Heritage Council is involved in many initiatives to protect, preserve and enhance our heritage. In this section you will find information about our initiatives related to Archaeology.

Adopt A Monument Ireland
This scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. The scheme will run throughout 2016 and five sites from around the country will be selected for participation.

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

Historic Towns Initiative
This pilot scheme involves the three historic towns of Westport, Listowel & Youghal. Council and its partners are seeking to combine the conservation of the built & natural heritage through effective urban renewal while maximising the economic value of tourism to the towns.

INSTAR Web Archive & Grant Programme
The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Web Archive is one of the most important online Irish archaeological information resources. It allows easy access for all to the most recent archaeological research supported through INSTAR grants programme. 

Significant unpublished Irish archaeological excavations 1930-97 Website
The Heritage Council commissioned a survey of unpublished excavations for the period 1930-1997 that examined the Heritage Service archive of reports on archaeological excavations. The survey categorised 81 sites as being of national importance and a further 340 as being of regional significance. A website was developed for the project in 2007.

Brú na Bóinne Research Framework Project
The Heritage Council is currently engaged in drafting a research framework for the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site in Co. Meath.

Field Monument Advisor Scheme
The Heritage Council is working in partnership with Local Government and the farming community to provide advice to farmers on the management of archaeological monuments on privately owned farmland.

A Review of Research Needs in Irish Archaeology
Following a request from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Heritage Council completed a review of existing practice in 2006-07.