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 Newsletter – open call for articles by 6 July

Dear Reader, As the new editor of the IAI Newsletter I’d like to put out a call for contributions for the summer edition of the Newsletter. I hope to follow on from the great work of the outgoing editor Charles Mount and also put my own stamp on the Newsletter. I’m looking for contributions of 100–1000 words, with up to 3 photos if needed. I would really love to share and showcase new excavations, research, state-funded projects, community-led projects, discoveries, news items etc etc from the whole island of Ireland – North and South. I also want to include a feature on specialisms and how they contribute to our better understanding of Irish Archaeology in 2018. So, if you specialise in animal bone or charcoal or prehistoric pottery or pollen etc etc please send me in • a synopsis on what you do, • what information you can gather from the sample/artefact/object, • current and past examples of important discoveries within your field, • how we as field archaeologists or research archaeologists can use this source of information to its best capacity. Finally, I’d like to add some fun features so we as members can get to know each other better. I was thinking of a “20 Questions” and a “Day In The Life” section. So, if you’d like to put your name forward for them please get in touch! The deadline for contributions has been extended to Friday 6th July. Please feel free to email me with any queries about possible contributions at newsletter@iai.ie and I’ll get back to you ASAP. I can’t promise that every contribution will make... read more

CPD event 12 May 2018

The next IAI CPD will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018 with Dr. Conor Brady at Skerries Mills, Skerries with an introduction to fieldwalking techniques. Full programme and registration forms in Members section. Non members are welcome and can register by emailing ... read more

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