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.


Call for Historic Towns Research Awards 2015

Applications are now being sought for this year’s awards. There are two categories. These are best project or thesis by an individual taught masters student and best group project from taught masters students.


Policy Proposals for Ireland’s Towns

4 & 5 November, Kilkenny- The conference will describe the predicament of Ireland’s smaller towns, describe how important they are to people, both as living places and as economic assets.


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.


Solving our own problems: a weekend of generating ideas

This report details the findings from a two day town health check seminar called Solving our own problems! Held in Carrick-on-Suir on November 7th and 8th, 2014.