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...

CPD event on Heritage Council projects and funding (free/online)

The IAI is delighted to announce an online  CPD event by Ian Doyle of theHeritage Council, on Friday 15th October, at 2pm. Ian will describe the work of the Heritage Council across its many programmes and will describe the main kinds of funding schemes that are available. Details on archaeological projects and in particular those involving community approaches will also be covered. Ian Doyle is Head of Conservation with the Heritage Council and is currently chair of the Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee on Archaeology. Interested members can contact secretary@iai.ie to register for this free WebEx event....

Administrator/CPD Co-ordinator post

The IAI is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Administrator & Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all administrative duties linked with the Institute, which is the representative body for the archaeological profession on the island of Ireland. As the  Administrator and CPD Co-ordinator you will be primarily based in our office at 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, however the option of remote working will be supported. Further details here. CV and Cover letter to chair[@]iai.ie  Closing date for applications 22nd October...

Heritage Week 2021

In celebration of Heritage Week 2020 – the Board of IAI has produced a video presenting a summary for all audiences of the Eiscir Riada and the ancient roads of Ireland with Dr. Yolande...