Online Resources for Studies in Irish Archaeology


Irish Archaeology

An official website of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government offering a range of information on Irish archaeology and its management. It includes a searchable map and database of Sites and Monuments Record (SMR).

Buildings of Ireland

Website of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It includes a searchable of recorded buildings.

Discovery Programme

A public institution for advanced research in Irish archaeology.

Searchable database containing summaries of archaeological excavations in Ireland, North and South.

Heritage Council

A statutory body to propose policies and priorities for national heritage and to award grants across a range of heritage related themes including Archaeology and Museums & Archives

Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

The professional body representing archaeologists throughout Ireland.

Irish Archaeology on the Net

Extensive listing of websites relating to Irish archaeology and history.

National Museum of Ireland

Home to the collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history.

Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record (NI.SMR)

Online database hosted by the UK Archaeological Data Service (ADS). You must accept terms and conditions to access database.


Irish Organisations and Bodies

ENFO Online

Irelandís public information service on environmental matters.

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA protects the environment through its licensing, enforcement and monitoring activities.

Geological Survey of Ireland

Includes online and downloadable small scale mapping on the geology and geomorphology of Ireland.

Hunt Museum

Limerick based museum with online catalogue and online archive.

National Archive

A wide variety of records, many relevant to Irish genealogy and local history.

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Irelandís national mapping agency. Includes a map browser that provides large scale aerial photographic coverage of the country.

Royal Irish Academy (R.I.A.)

Ireland's Academy for the sciences and humanities.


Online Resources

Itís About Time! Archaeology in the Classroom

An online archaeological learning resource for primary school students and teachers to support the history element of the SESE Curriculum.

BBC History

A range of pages and links on archaeology and history.

Channel 4 History

A range of pages and links on archaeology and history.

IreAtlas Townland Database

Searchable version of the Townland Index of Ireland.

Irish Coinage

Information about Irish coins for numismatists, collectors, archaeologists.

Placenames in Ireland

Online dictionary of placenames in Ireland (mainly Northern Ireland).

Irish Newspapers Archive

Online database of Irish newspapers (including out of print and regional papers). (paid access)

Irish Script On Screen

Digital image library of early Irish manuscripts.

Irish Times Archive

Digital archive containing reproductions of articles published by the Irish Times from 1859 onwards. (paid access)

Placenames Database of Ireland

Developed by Fiontar (DCU) and The Placenames Branch (Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs).


Books, Libraries and Digital Books

Project Guttenberg

Links to websites containing full digital copies of historic publications that are no longer in copyright including many of the classic early texts on Irish archaeology such as Wood-Martinís Lake Dwellings of Ireland and Wildeís Antiquities.

Internet Archive

Universal Digital Library

British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography

Searchable database of archaeological publications from Ireland and Britain.

National Library of Ireland

Includes a searchable database of the catalogue.

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

Searchable textbase of documents on Irish literary and historical culture,


Archaeological Societies

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

County Tipperary Historical Society

Cork Historical & Archaeological Society

Donegal Historical Society

County Kildare Archaeological Society, Ireland

Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society


Institutes and Universities, Ireland

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Sligo Institute of Technology

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

TCD School of Histories and Humanities

NUIG Department of Archaeology

UCC Department of Archaeology

NUIM Department of History

UCD School of Archaeology

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics

QUB Department of Archaeology and Palaeoecology

University of Ulster, Centre for Maritime Archaeology


Overseas Organisations and Bodies

Archaeological Data Service (ADS)

Institute for Archaeologists (UK professional body)

Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors

Museum of London

Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA)

National Museums of Scotland

British Museum

Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI)

CADW (Welsh historic environment service)

Prehistoric Society

Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

Society of Antiquaries of London

Council for Scottish Archaeology (CSA)

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

English Heritage

Ulster Museum

Historic Scotland