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IAI Conference 2017 – Call for papers

IAI Conference 2017 – Call for papers The annual IAI conference 2017 will take place on Friday the 31st of March and Saturday the 1st of April in the Louis Fitzgerald hotel in Dublin. This year’s conference will feature four themed sessions on prehistory, environmental archaeology, community archaeology and historic archaeology. The call for papers is now open and will close on Monday the 30th of January. Those who are interested in presenting at this conference are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words in length to iaiarchaeology@gmail.com Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. We look forward to hearing from... read more

Competition time

Congratulations to Patrick Neary and Dr. Robert Hensey who were the winners of last weeks competition to win free tickets to attend the VHN 2016 – Virtual Heritage Workshop that takes place in the Digital Humanities Lab, University College Cork on Thursday 8th December 2016 from 10am -5pm   Further details – http://www.vhnireland.org/conference-2016/workshops/    The Virtual Heritage Network (VHN) Conference will take place in College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th December 2016... read more

Strategic Alliance between Professional Institutes in Archaeology

On 22 November 2016, the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out the basis for cooperation between the two institutes. CIfA is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. The IAI is the primary all-island professional organisation representing archaeologists working in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The IAI aims to advance and strengthen the profession of archaeology on the island of Ireland, creating a vibrant and sustainable archaeological profession that actively contributes to the protection of our archaeological resource, which in turn contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of the entire community. CIfA promotes high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society. It is the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists, bringing recognition and respect to the profession.   Pictured at the signing- Peter Hinton, CIfA Chief Executive (Left), Iain Greenway, (Back), Michael MacDonagh, IAI Chair (Right) The agreement recognises a shared commitment to the promotion of professionalism in archaeology, and a duty to foster collaboration and to deploy the resources of the two organisations efficiently and effectively. It sets out some areas of immediate and longer-term joint working.   IAI Chair, Michael MacDonagh said of the agreement: ‘This document marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between two organisations which have a common purpose. We will be sharing some of the communications and benefits we provide our memberships, and we have committed to an exploration of the potential to align Standards documents, and to permit read-across between each institute’s accreditation... read more

Date for your Diary – IAI Spring Conference and AGM 2017

IAI Spring Conference and AGM 2017 will take place in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin on Friday 31st March/Saturday 1st April 2017. The conference shall consist of a series of themed sessions including, but not limited to, prehistoric, environmental, community and  historic. Full details will be available on this website in January... read more

TII announce a series of events that mark Heritage Week 2016

To mark Heritage Week 2016, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) are holding a series of events around the country, in addition to this year’s annual Heritage Week seminar in Dublin, Road, Rail and Rebellion which again will be held in the Wood Quay Venue on the Thursday of Heritage week. Times, venues and booking details for each event are listed below. Sunday – August 21st Wexford – Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig Feeding the Ancestors: the importance of corn-drying kilns in preserving the medieval harvest How did our ancestors preserve and prepare crops for storage? Archaeologists Susan Lyons and Orla Power demonstrate Ireland’s only functioning corn-drying kiln using authentic fuels and cereals. Time: 14.30 to 16.00 Organised in association with the Irish National Heritage Park. Booking is advised. Please contact info@inhp.com; telephone: 053 9120733; or Bernice.Kelly@tii.ie Monday – August 22nd Roscommon – Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk Beyond Rathcroghan: archaeological geophysical surveys along the N5 Ballaghaderreen–Scramoge Archaeological geophysical surveys carried out along the N5 Ballaghaderreen–Scramoge Road Development have revealed some new and exciting archaeological sites. Dr James Bonsall will present his findings. Time: 19:00 to 20:00 Organised in association with Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. Orlaith.Egan@tii.ie; telephone: 087 2857532 Tuesday – August 23rd Kerry – O’Sullivan’s Bar, Garraí na dTor, Lios Póill A case of the bends—archaeological discoveries on the N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower Road Improvement Scheme   Archaeologist Bruce Sutton will talk about recent discoveries on the N86, including fulachtaí fia and charcoal-making in An Bhanóg Theas and an early medieval farmstead in Baile na Saor Beag. Time: 20.00 to 21.00 Organised in association with Kerry County Council. Paul.OKeeffe@tii.ie; Telephone: 061 496800... read more

Minister Humphreys appoints new Board to the Heritage Council

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs announced the appointment of the new Board to the Heritage Council. Congratulations to the newly appointed Board of the Heritage Council, namely Marie Bourke, Kieran Coughlan, Miriam Fitzpatrick, Mary Gallagher, Jane Maxwell, Fionnuala May, Sinead McCartan, Ivor McElveen, Michael Parsons, Muiris Ó’Súilleabháin and Brian Walsh. Conor Newman is to remain as Chair of the... read more

Archaeofest 2016

Fancy a fun filled day of volunteering? Archaeofest 2016 will take place on Saturday 27th August in Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from 11am-4pm. We require c.15 volunteers to help us on the day. Meet lots of archaeologists, engage with the public and wear the much sought after Archaeofest 2016 T shirt. Those who are interested should email iaiarchaeology@gmail.com for further... read more