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Currently the IAI Board is seeking to appoint an IAI GDPR Compliance Officer. This 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 consider joining the board in the future and all expressions of interest should be sent to chair[@]


The IAI Board has compiled a list of relevant links to government websites and agencies that will enable members keep informed and aware of supports that are available to them. This is not an exhaustive list and members who wish to provide additional links can do so by emailing – iaiarchaeology[@]


Department of Health:
(Includes social welfare advice for employers, employees and the self-employed)
Health Service Executive (HSE):
Health and Safety Authority (HSA):
World Health Organisation (WHO):
Centre for Disease Control:
Revenue – Irish Tax and Customs:
Northern Ireland Government Services:
Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG):
Department for Communities
National Museum of Ireland:

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government:



The IAI would like to thank the JIA Editorial Board for attending its first meeting of 2020 (13th February). Thanks also to TII for hosting today’s gathering.

Pictured from left to right are: Conleth Manning, Independent Researcher,  Cormac McSparron, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Nick Maxwell, Wordwell Ltd (publisher), Dr Katharina Becker, University College Cork, Dr Michael Potterton, NUI Maynooth, Dr Dirk Brandherm, QUB (editor), Jean Farrelly, National Monuments Service, Dr Fiona Beglane, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Conor McDermott, UCD School of Archaeology, and Matthew Seaver, National Museum of Ireland.


Recent Industrial Action in Private Sector Archaeology: An Open Invitation to attend Mediation (6/7/18)

Given the recent industrial relations, which have thrown the Irish archaeological sector into the spotlight, the Board of the IAI would like to issue the following statement:

The aim of the IAI, through the representation of our members, is to advance and strengthen the profession of archaeology in Ireland and membership is open to professional archaeologists working in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The IAI represents members working in the public sector, the private (or ‘commercial’) sector, as well as museums and academia. We support the rights of Irish archaeologists, both as employees and employers, to a stable and sustainable employment environment.

As construction projects gain pace once again, there is an accelerating demand for suitably trained, qualified and experienced archaeologists to undertake necessary mitigatory works. In order to keep these individuals, and their knowledge, in the sector, appropriate remuneration and working conditions are a necessity. This has long been a concern to our members and was formally assessed by a Working Group for the Review of Pay Rates (WGRPR), commissioned by the IAI in March 2014. For all archaeologists, recognition (financial and otherwise) of their qualifications and their professional work is of key importance.

In order to achieve this, it is important for our small profession to unite to address these issues and for all parties to show willingness to engage in meaningful negotiations about employment conditions. The IAI is not a union and cannot enforce any sectoral pay rates for our members. Given our diverse professional membership and our cross-border agenda, the IAI has long maintained a neutrality on the issue of pay and remuneration, which varies across the public and private sector and between national boundaries.

Archaeologists working in the public and academic sectors have a long tradition of trade union recognition and representation; we believe that the commercial sector should be no different. The Board of the IAI is willing to facilitate discussions and act as a mediator between the interested parties. As ever, if any Member of the IAI has any concerns regarding this area, we would invite them to raise these with the Board.

The Board would like to acknowledge the commercial sector employers and the UNITE trade union who have engaged in the negotiation of these rights to date. We hope that their ongoing dialogue will be fruitful and bring Archaeology to equivalence with other areas of the construction sector. Ultimately, these actions provide for a greater recognition of Archaeology as a true profession.

On behalf of the IAI Board

 Dr James Bonsall, Chairperson, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

Cian Hogan, Public Relations Officer, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland


Respect your Follow Archaeologists

Over the last few weeks the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland have noticed that that less-than-respectable comments have been made between parties, principally in the private (commercial) sector, on several social media fora.

The Board would like to remind its Members that by joining the Institute, and remaining as a Member, they made a contract with the Institute and a commitment to professionalism within the sector. This does not just cover their career work, but also their engagement with archaeology in other areas. If any Member(s) would like to bring any issue of maltreatment on such fora to the Board, please contact us at: iaiarchaeology[at]

For those not among the Membership of the Institute, professional archaeologists are representatives of and for Irish archaeology; and that as such, any and all of our comments will be taken to reflect the sector.

The Board would like to remind all professional archaeologists working on the island of Ireland that discussion (or even argument), whether in agreement or disagreement, can and should be carried out in a respectful, professional manner.


Call for Papers – IAI Conference 2023

The annual IAI conference 2023 will take place on Friday 24 th March to Saturday 25 th March at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin D22 X5N7. The theme is Essential Archaeology: Recent Excavations and Research. The call for papers is now open and will close on Monday 3 rd February 2023. If you would like to submit a presentation or poster, please contact the conference organiser Elaine Lynch (elainelynch113[at] with title and abstract of no more that 200 words. Presentations should be between 15-20minutes in length. We look forward to hearing from... read more

Statement in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

Statement in solidarity with the people of Ukraine The Chairperson and Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) are appalled and deeply concerned by the ongoing military incursion by Russian forces on the territory of Ukraine, which is an unprovoked act of aggression towards the people of Ukraine. As the representative organisation for professional archaeologists working on the island of Ireland, we understand that the most valuable and irreplaceable resource a country has is its people. Whilst we may be geographically removed from what is going on in eastern Europe, we must do everything we can to help and support the people of Ukraine, they are our colleagues, friends and family, and they are in real and immediate danger. This unprovoked attack by President Putin and the forces of the Russian Federation should not be allowed to stand and we call on our government to take a decisive stance with our European partners to bring this conflict to an end and to support the humanitarian effort to help the Ukrainian people. As a member of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), the IAI fully endorses the statement issued by the EAA and applauds their list of helpful resources ( Furthermore, we wish to echo the voices of our colleagues across Europe in their condemnation of the destruction of Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage by the Russian Federation. This is occurring as a means to demoralise and destroy Ukraine’s cultural identity; shared cultural heritage has the power to unite us all and its destruction, coupled with the environmental atrocities that are being committed, is an affront to us all.... read more

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 Closing date for entries is 21st March... read more

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 ( Transcript – Thursday, 3 Feb 2022 ( 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... read more

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[@]       [Feb 2022]... read more

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 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... read more

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 to register for this free WebEx... read more

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 to register for this free WebEx event.... read more

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[@]  Closing date for applications 22nd October... read more