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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Brú na Bóinne draft Management Plan 2015-2025: Call for Submissions

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works now invite the public to make submissions in relation to the draft Management Plan 2015-2025 for the Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of...


Rathcroghan Conference: Archaeology Above and Below

12th April- Roscommon- Community Archaeology conference to create a forum for discussion between communities and individuals who wish to interpret the story of the landscapes we inhabit.


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.


Buttevant Town Walls Conservation Management and Interpretation Plan

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