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  • The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI)

    Photo of Athassel, Co Tipperary by Frank Coyne

    The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) is the professional organisation representing archaeologists working throughout Ireland.

    IAI is a leading advocate for Ireland’s unique archaeological heritage and promotes on-going conservation and study of this resource for the benefit of the whole community, at local, regional, national and European levels. Archaeology is the study of the people and their past, through their material remains. Archaeology underpins and informs all expressions of identity and culture whether it is music, dance, poetry or literature. It creates a sense of place, belonging and self.

    IAI’s vision is that we will have a vibrant and sustainable archaeological profession that actively contributes to the protection of our archaeological resource, which in turn contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of the entire community.

    The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland have been based at 63 Merrion Square for several years and enjoys not only sharing the building with other significant cultural institutions such as the RSAI and the Discovery Programme, but all Merrion Square has to offer.