Wednesday 18 December 2013

50 years of the Archaeological Survey published

A special supplement to Archaeology Ireland magazine has been published to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI).

The illustrated colour supplement presents a wide selection of accounts from 17 contributors whose varied experiences span the first five decades of the ASI’s operations.

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, formally launched the supplement. The ASI is part of his Department's National Monuments Service and is charged with identifying and recording Ireland’s archaeological monuments.

“The primary purpose of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland is to compile and maintain an inventory of all our monuments so that they can be protected, promoted and appreciated by all, " said Minister Deenihan.

“Ireland’s unique archaeological heritage provides huge support for the growing cultural tourism sector. As well as giving us an insight into who we are as a people and where we have come from it is, therefore, also a key asset to the economy at both local and national level.”

The supplement marking the first 50 years of the work of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland is included in the winter edition of the Archaeology Ireland magazine, which is available on the newsstands or from