Position on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Irish Archaeology

The Institute is seeking an IAI member with a commercial background to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Irish Archaeology. The role will be to assist the editor and the other board members in producing the journal every year. This is a voluntary position that will be rotated on a biannual basis. Ideally, the person should have a strong publication record and be an experienced and active archaeologist in the commercial sector. For further information or expressions of interest, please contact the JIA Convenor...

IAI Photography Competition – Belfast 2022

The IAI is running its Photography Competition again this year. We would invite members to submit photographs that represent aspects of Irish archaeology, and can include pictures of monuments, artefacts, or work in the field or lab. There are 5 prizes up for grabs and will be awarded in the form of One4All gift cards 1st Prize: €100 4 Runners-up Prizes: €50 each. Photographers should obtain permission to enter an image, especially from individuals that appear in it. The IAI will not be able to validate each entry – submission will be taken as permission. This year, your best entries will be used to enhance the IAI website. If the entrant wishes, they can send a brief caption to accompany the image when it is posted. Please do not give detailed names or locations. Entry to the competition grants the IAI permission to use photographs online. A panel of judges from the Board of the IAI will select the winners. All submissions to media@iai.ie. Closing date for entries is 21st March...

General Scheme of the Monuments and Archaeological Heritage Bill

Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the above Bill has been taking place at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage. This should be of concern to all archaeologists working in Ireland. The General Scheme of the Bill is available HERE. So far, hearings have taken place on the 27th January and the 3rd February and the 17th February. These Joint Committee hearings are available to view by clicking each date or as transcripts on the links below: Transcript – Thursday, 27 Jan 2022 (oireachtas.ie) Transcript – Thursday, 3 Feb 2022 (oireachtas.ie) Transcript – Thursday, 17 Feb 2022 (not available yet) All sessions are worthy of attention by professional archaeologists in Ireland. The  IAI Board has made a submission on behalf of the membership to this Joint Oireachtas Committee and is available to view HERE. The introduction of revised archaeological legislation is long-overdue and to be welcomed. We each have a responsibility to see that the newly proposed Bill is extensive, comprehensive and that it can be implemented...

Board positions

Currently the IAI Board is seeking to appoint an IAI News Editor as a full board member, and also a GDPR Compliance Officer. The latter may be an IAI member of any grade with prior experience of GDPR compliance within a company or organisation. We are also seeking full members to join the board as Vice-Chair or Conference Organiser (both positions from mid-2022 onwards). All expressions of interest should be sent to chair[@]iai.ie       [Feb 2022]...

IAI Post-Excavation Workshop

The IAI is aware that there has been a significant rise in the number of excavations now taking place and the resulting post-excavation work. We feel it is timely to discuss with all members, specialists and practitioners the processes and requirements of post-excavation work for accessioning material to the NMI and NMS archive, to ensure that they are fully aware of these requirements and of the potential costs, time, and obligations arising from the license conditions, so that these are covered in the overall tendering process and costing of excavations. The IAI wants to ensure that everyone is working to the same standards, and we would like to look into ways of making things easier and more cost effective (potentially organising to bulk buy boxes, issues around sourcing materials such as paraloid owing to Brexit, etc). The Institute is proposing to convene an afternoon workshop, to be held at 2pm Saturday November 20th, which will review current practices to ensure consistency across the profession, to discuss potential issues and if necessary, formulate a working document for consultation with the NMS archive section and the NMI. The event will count towards CPD and restrictions allowing this will be an in person event. In order to gauge potential numbers could all interested parties please respond via iaiarchaeology@gmail.com using the subject line ‘Workshop’, no later than Wednesday 17th November, in addition if you could also indicate in any response whether your preference is for an online event or in-person, in order for us to make...

CPD Exploring our Vernacular Heritage (free/online)

The IAI is pleased to announce a CPD presentation by Barry O’Reilly of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, on Friday 22nd October, at 2 pm. This seeks to highlight the distinctiveness of our vernacular heritage as the most fundamental and enduring aspect of human activity. Its relevance for the archaeologist is illustrated through exploring its materials and crafts, buildings and settings, as well as the various layers of the vernacular landscape. Barry has been researching and writing on the built vernacular heritage in Ireland and abroad for several decades. He has lectured extensively at UCD, TCD and elsewhere, is author of Living under Thatch (2004), co-author of Ballyknockan: a Wicklow stone-cutters village (1997) and numerous articles for journals. He is editor for Europe in the forthcoming revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Over the last decade and a half, vernacular settlements/hamlets and the vernacular/traditional landscape have been his principal research interests. Based at the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage since 2003, he is responsible for the forthcoming ‘A Living Tradition: a three-year strategy for our built vernacular heritage’. Interested members can contact secretary@iai.ie to register for this free WebEx...