The Discovery Programme

Our mission is to explore Ireland’s past and its cultural heritage by conducting  advanced research in Irish archaeology and related disciplines and by disseminating its findings widely to the global community.


• Perform a central role in Irish archaeological research

• Identify and address specific research questions through core Discovery Programme projects and collaborative projects

• Develop and promote the use of applied technologies in Irish archaeology

• Promote collaboration with national cultural institutions, national agencies and higher education institutions

• Foster interdisciplinary and innovative research between the humanities, sciences and technology in the context of archaeology

• Educate the wider public about Ireland’s past and its cultural heritage to enable communities to become custodians of their heritage

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