About Us

The Discovery Programme is a national archaeological research body supported by the Heritage Council. The Discovery Programme pursues its goals by identifying 'gaps' in our knowledge or areas where intense research is required or would be valuable. A dedicated project team is then employed for a suitable period to pursue the topic in question.

It conducts advanced analysis of Irish Archaeology and pursues its goals by identifying 'gaps' in our knowledge or areas where intense research is required or would be valuable. A dedicated project team is then employed for a suitable period to pursue the topic in question. It promotes interdisciplinary research involving experts in the humanities (anthropologists, historians, linguist) and the sciences (particularly the sciences that study the landscape and environment of the past; paleoenvironmental, osteoarchaeological, geological, flora and fauna).

It engages with constantly evolving new technologies in digital imaging and surveying techniques and promotes their introduction into the operation of Irish archaeological more generally.

It develops outreach activities to communicate the results of its projects to the general public as well the academic community. These activities include the publication of scientific books and papers and collaborative outreach projects with national cultural institutions, third and fourth level institutions, local authorities and local heritage partnerships.

The Discovery Programme is funded through the Heritage Council and EU research grants.

  • Laser scanning, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

    Laser scanning, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

Tá sé mar mhisean ag an gClár Fionnachtana Éire san am atá caite agus oidhreacht chultúrtha na tíre a iniúchadh trí thaighde ardléinn i seandálaíocht na hÉireann agus i ndisiplíní gaolmhara a threorú agus trí fhionnachtana an taighde sin a spreagadh i measc an phobail domhanda go coiteann. Ionad uile-oileáin do thaighde seandálaíochta agus oidhreachta is ea an Clár Fionnachtana. Bunaíodh muid i 1991agus is Comhlucht faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta muid maoinithe go príomhdha trí’n Chomhairle Oidhreachta. Is carthanas muid cláraithe le an tÚdarás Rialála Carthanas. Mór-aidhm ag an Clár Fionnachtana ná dul i mbun leasa an phobail trí chur chun cinn a dhéanamh i réimsí chultúrtha, oidhreachta agus teicneolaíochta, agus go háirithe trí:

• Méadú ar ár dtuiscint ar Éirinn san anallód faoi réir taighde seandálaíochta agus taighde gaolmhar sna daonnachtaí agus sna heolaíochtaí;

• Bunú agus stiúrú tograí taighde;

• Craobhscaoileadh ar an taighde sin; agus

• Tuiscint a scaipeadh ar oidhreacht seandálaíochta na hÉireann tré thionscadail oideachais agus for-rochtana.

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