Welcome to the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI)

The IAI is the representative all-island organisation for professional archaeologists working in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

 

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Welcome To The IAI

The IAI is the representative all-island organisation for professional archaeologists working in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The aim of the IAI, through the representation of our members, is to advance and strengthen the profession of archaeology in Ireland. Our vision is that we will have 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. To achieve our aim and vision, we are committed to a range of long term measures, including:

  • The implementation of our 3-Year Plan 2015-2018
  • Promotion and development of the IAI Codes of Professional Conduct
  • Facilitating the Continuous Professional Development of our members
  • Active engagement with all the stakeholders involved in the management and protection of our archaeological resource
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of our archaeological heritage

I hope that you enjoy our website and that you find the information contained here useful and informative.

~ IAI Chair

Latest IAI News

IAI Conference 2019 – Stakeholders and Roundtable Discussions

The 2019 IAI Conference will take place in the River Lee Hotel, Co. Cork on April 5th and 6th. The Conference, “Now and Again: Current and Recurring Issues Facing Irish Archaeologists”, will examine the Archaeological Profession itself. A number of Key Stakeholders have confirmed their attendance and will be giving position papers, including: Michael MacDonagh, National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Johanna Vuolteenaho, Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities; Ronan Swan, Transport Infrastructure Ireland; Edel Bhreathnach, The Discovery Programme; James Kyle, UNITE – Archaeological Branch; Ian Doyle, Royal Irish Academy; Chelsea Ryan, Association of Young Irish Archaeologists; Ciara Brett, Local Authority Archaeology Officer Network; Maeve Sikora, National Museum of Ireland; FAME, the Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers (speaker tbc).   In addition to the Stakeholder papers, we want to hear directly from the Membership. Currently registered to speak in this segment are: Charles Mount, Irish Concrete Foundation; Dr. Meriel McClatchie, UCD School of Archaeology; Liz Gardner and Sarah Nylund, Archaeological Illustrators; Dr. James Lyttleton, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group; Faith Bailey, IAC Archaeology. Those papers will be used as a starting point for Roundtable Discussions at the Conference to gather data and opinions on topics and issues facing the profession, such as the grading of archaeological practitioners; training of archaeological professionals; and “The Definition of an Archaeologist”. It is hoped that the concerns of Irish archaeologists that do not regularly present on the Conference circuit can be captured by this variable format. If you have a view on the challenges faced by the Profession, now is your chance to have it heard. The IAI wishes... read more
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