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

Heritage Council Staff with Heather Humprhreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and John-Paul Phelan, TD.

Minister Humphreys announces new Heritage Council Community Grants Scheme for 2015

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of a new Community Grants Scheme for 2015 to be administered by the Heritage Council.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Weather Beaten Archaeology

7th March, Sligo- The first of its kind. The Conference aims to establish a forum for the exchange of experiences of extreme weather events and their impact on archaeological sites.

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]