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.



Dublin City & County Archaeology GIS Workshop

27th November, Dublin- The Implementation and impact of the Dublin City and County Archaeology GIS Project: Towards Inter-disciplinary best practice.


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.


Heritage Manifesto: A Strategic Investment Programme for People and Place

Do you support community based heritage, education and training?  Want to see more government  investment and capacity in the sector? This document has some ideas you can help us to promote in the coming weeks and...