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.


Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally.


Stories Well Told- Interpreting Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Resources.

26th-28th August, Kilkenny-This workshop brings together leading experts in heritage interpretation to discuss key messages, audience engagement, interpretative media, tourism, the role of new technologies and international best...


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.