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Archaeologist (Ireland)

  • Generic name of profession

  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
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  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:

    National Monumenets Act 1930 (as amended)

    Supplemented at administrative level by Policy and Guidelines on Archaeological Excavation

    Useful link:;


    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    PS3 - Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years) , Art. 11 d
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    Professional Archaeologists operate in the State, academic and private sectors. In the private sector, they provide a range of services to those engaging in development such as construction work. These services include provision of desk based assessments of the implications of proposed development for archaeological heritage, provision of field based assessments of such impacts (including in some cases the carrying of limited archaeological excavation to test archaeological potential), and the carrying out of archaeological excavation to mitigate the impact of development on archaeological heritage and the preparation of scientific reports and publications on the results of such archaeological excavations. Professional Archaeologists in the private sector may also provide services to the State sector in terms of archaeological excavation in advance of conservation works to monuments in State care and archaeological survey and assessment of known or potential archaeological monuments.

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