The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland is committed to working with partners and engaging with the wider archaeological sector to identify research gaps and coherent themes for future research. Developing a research framework is a key recommendations of Archaeology 2025 and to promote discussion, The Discovery Programme is organising a series of seminars on different approaches to and applications of research frameworks.

The series began in February 2020 when Rhonda Robinson, HED, Dept for Communities, NI gave a presentation entitled "Towards a Strategic Framework for Archaeology in Northern Ireland 2030" and this was followed by a Q and A session.

The seminars will continue online, on Thursday during lunch time 1- 2.30pm. Each will begin with a presentation and followed by Q&A and discussion.

10 September: The Brú na Bóinne, World Heritage Site Research Framework a decade on. Dr Jessica Smyth, School of Archaeology, UCD

1 October: The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research [INSTAR] Programme: Addressing research through partnerships. Ian Doyle, The Heritage Council 

8 October: Gendering the narrative of research frameworks. Dr Karen Dempsey, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, N.U.I, Galway

15 October: Transport Infrastructure Ireland policy on archaeology: The process and the relevance of a research framework. Rónán Swan, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

22 October: The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): A model for a period-based approach to a research framework? Prof Aidan O'Sullivan, School of Archaeology, UCD.

The event will take place via Zoom Webinar and you can book a place through Eventbrite @


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