Organisations involved in archaeological research
- ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY - The premier Irish learned society, founded in 1785 to promote the study of Science,
Polite Literature and Antiquities. In addition to producing a range of publications which include a number of books on archaeological topics,
the Academy has a library (open to non-members) with holdings ranging from the most up-to-date books and journals to some of the most important
early Irish manuscripts. The website also gives details of the Academy's research grants, a full list of current members, information on committees
and collaborative projects, and an account of the Proceedings,
Section C of which is devoted to archaeology and history.
The DISCOVERY PROGRAMME is a research organisation funded through the Heritage Council. Its purpose is to pursue advanced research in Irish
archaeology and communicate the results, and to promote the introduction of new technologies and new techniques into the operation of Irish archaeology.
The website gives short descriptions of the various research programmes, such as Medieval Rural Settlement, the Hill of Tara and the Western Stone Forts
Project.There are also explanations of the equpment used by the project, such as a total station, terrestrial laser scanner, and helikite for low-level
GROUP FOR THE STUDY OF IRISH HISTORIC SETTLEMENT - Founded in 1969, the Group aims to examine the nature and
development of Irish settlement, whether from the perspective of the historical geographer, archaeologist, architect or historian. The Group holds an
annual conference, field trips, and thematic conferences, and publishes books, a bulletin and a journal (back issues of the latter are published on line).
All who are interested in any aspect of Irish settlement history are welcome to join, and encouraged to participate actively.
IRISH QUATERNARY ASSOCIATION (IQUA) (formerly the Irish Association for Quaternary Studies)
- an association providing an interdisciplinary forum for specialists working on various aspects of the Quaternary period (the most recent geological period, essentially the
Ice Age and after). Quaternary studies cover subjects ranging from archaeology to zoology. Membership is open to both amateurs and professionals.
CELTIC INSCRIBED STONES PROJECT (CISP) - searchable on-line database
of all known early mediaeval inscribed stones in the British Isles and Brittany. Includes every non-Runic inscription on a stone monument within
Celtic-speaking areas dating from the period AD 400-1100. Old pages with description of project. The
Celtic Inscribed Stones Project is based in the Department of History, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
The FRIENDS OF MEDIEVAL DUBLIN is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, both professional and avocational,
dedicated to the study of Dublin from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, and to presenting that information to the interested public. A yearly
symposium has been held since 2000, and the proceedings are published in book form. The Friends have also been actively involved in attempting to save
threatened archaeological remains, notably at Wood Quay and Carrickmines Castle. The website is somewhat sparse, with several pages unfinished or out of
date. However, there is a list of sites excavated in Dublin, and a list of articles and books by members.
The Friends are also on Facebook
The IRISH POST-MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP was founded in 1999 to
'raise the profile of' the study of the post-1550 period and foster greater contacts between individuals researching that period. The website introduces
the Group and provides news of activities and events.
The Group is also on Facebook
IRQUAS - THE IRISH QUATERNARY STUDIES ONLINE PROJECT - Website of an ambitious project
which seems to have fallen by the wayside. The pages were all last updated in 2001. Irish archaeology, history, geography and much more. There are
useful introductions to various subjects, and links to related discussion groups. The proposed databases of research projects (for example, a database
of all excavated Irish ringforts) and a digital cartography project called HIPNO do not appear to have materialised.
ENECLANN: RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY FOR IRISH HISTORY - A professional research service, based in
Trinity College, covering all periods of Irish history. One of their services is historical and architectural research into the history of houses
and sites. They also provide archival services such as document imaging & scanning of rare collections of source material held in libraries, museums
Eneclann are on Facebook
FORUM FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES IN IRELAND - A virtual community of scholars who
are located throughout Ireland; in addition to the forum discussion there is a peer-reviewed electronic journal called Oenach and members have
profile papers with information on their research projects.
Thaddeus C. Breen
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Last revised 8 August 2010
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