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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Salthouse and associated quay in Slade, Hook Head, Co Wexford which is receiving funding for a conservation and management plan under the scheme.

Grant Awards for Heritage Management & Conservation Projects Announced

A total of €652,550 has been allocated to 144 projects under our 2014 Heritage Management Scheme for various management and conservation projects throughout the country


Historic Settlement and West Cork

9-11 May, Cork- (44th) Annual conference of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement.


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.


Historic Landscape Characterisation in Ireland - Best Practice Guidance (2013)

Drawing on a variety of disciplines such as archaeology, geography and architecture, Historic Landscape Characterisation attempts to describe and document the character of different landscapes.