Full List of Services

  • Archaeological Monitoring
  • Archaeological Test Trenching
  • Archaeological Excavation
  • Impact Assessments
  • Publications and database
  • Geophysical Surveys
  • Laser scanning
  • Forestry management plans
  • Historic Building Surveys

A concise guide to archaeology and the planning process compiled by the DoEHLG (original available at www.archaeology.ie) can be downloaded below.

What’s Involved?

The purpose of archaeological monitoring is to provide a watching brief during topsoil stripping, or other excavation/demolition works. The aim is to identify archaeological finds or features. An archaeologist would be present for all topsoil removal when such action is requested. Read more here.

What’s the Legislation?

Under Planning and Development legislation in the Republic of Ireland, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is a statutory consultee in relation to potential impacts of any proposed development on the archaeological heritage. This allows the Minister to recommend that archaeological conditions be attached to grants of planning permission, or recommend refusal of planning permission by the planning authority to ensure the protection of the archaeological heritage. National Monuments Service provides expert advice from an archaeological perspective to planning and other relevant authorities in respect of individual planning, development applications and other projects and plans. While carrying out its role in the planning process National Monuments Service, on behalf of the Minister, makes every effort to ensure that developmental impacts on the archaeological heritage are mitigated. Read more here.