Saturday 21 April 2018

Archaeological service marks 50 years of surveys

Peter Danaher, the first Director of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (1963-72) and later Chief Archaeologist (1972-84), surveying a souterrain in the 1960s.
Peter Danaher, the first Director of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (1963-72) and later Chief Archaeologist (1972-84), surveying a souterrain in the 1960s.
Recording the archaeological heritage in the 19th century. Pictured are JD La Touche and Robert Cochrane (Office of Public Works) at the Ogham Stone National Monument at Breadtagh, Co Mayo, in 1898.

Clodagh Sheehy

THE Archaeological Survey of Ireland began with a single typewriter and a phone but, a half century later, there are over 150,000 records online available to the public.

Five decades of the survey are being marked by a special booklet which was launched last night by Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan, who said the service was to be applauded "for having the vision many years ago to grasp the nettle of opportunity that modern technologies presented".

Irish Independent

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