The Heritage Council is advised on archaeological matters by the statutory Archaeology Committee. The Council has inherited the functions, established in the National Monuments Acts, of the National Monuments Advisory Council. It grant-aids a number of archaeological research projects. The Council is a statutory consultee under the Planning Regulations and the Committee has an input into planning decisions which affect archaeology. The Council is also asked to comment on a wide range of issues ranging from the Boyne Valley Integrated Development Plan to the Licensing of Archaeological Excavations. The Chairperson of the Committee is Prof. John waddell and the members include Dr. Michael Ryan, Prof. Barry Raftery, Dr. Terry Barry, Ms. Mary Cahill, Father Tomas O'Caoimh, Mr. Ted Creedon, Mr. Michael O'Hanrahan and Mr. John Sheehan.

Under the Archaeology Commitee is the Urban Archaeology Working Party which is made up of representatives of the Council, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Monuments Service and The Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists. The Working Party is charged with the role of overseeing the review of Urban Archaeology

The Archaeological Officer of the Council is Charles Mount email


Submission on the Boyne Valley Development Plan

Submission to Clare Co. Council on Telecommunications Tower at Parknabinnia, Co. Clare

Submission to Sligo Co. Council on Telecommunications Tower at Cairns Hill, Co. Sligo


The projects supported by the Archaeology Committee include the The Discovery Programme, the Irish Stone Axe project, the ArcheoGeophysical Imaging Project, Palynology at Ceide Fields, Co Mayo, a survey of cross-inscribed slabs in the west of Ireland, the publication of the Kieler/Knowles lithic collection, and the radiocarbon dating of wooden vessels. The Committee is supporting the restoration of Ballinakill Abbey, Co. Galway. Funding has also been provided for the publication of excavations at Lough Gara, Co. Sligo, Bride St., Co. Wexford, King John's Castle, Co. Limerick, Grange, Co. Roscommon, Brownstown, Co. Kildare, Ploopluck, Co. Kildare, Oldtown, Co. Kildare, Graney West, Co. Kildare and Strawhall, Co. Carlow.

Terms of reference for unpublished excavations study

Archaeological Reports

A Brief Guide to Irish Archaeological Sites

Archaeological News

Elizabeth Anderson Obituary

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