Archaeology

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.

Welcome to Archaeology

The Heritage Council is responsible for proposing policy, raising awareness, and promoting the conservation of our national archaeological heritage. As defined in the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB], archaeology is an area that looks at the human past by examining evidence from the historic environment, artefacts, monuments, buildings, landscapes and seascapes.

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LATEST NEWS

Next generation must play central role in shaping future of Ireland Historic Towns

Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. The Historic Towns Research Awards were designed to allow students the possibility of providing insight and solutions into the...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Experimental Archaeology Conference 9 (EAC9) 2015

16-18 January, Dublin- The international conference will consist of 20 paper presentation, 32 poster presentations and a series of practical demonstrations from contributors from 15 countries from all around the world.

FEATURED INITIATIVE

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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Buttevant Town Walls Conservation Management and Interpretation Plan

Conservation Plan for Buttevant town wallsDownload the Plan here [PDF 466KB]