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Archaeology in the Planning Process

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Dublin is an ancient city and many sites of archaeological importance have been uncovered over the years.  Most of central Dublin within the canals is a Recorded Monument, as are areas outside this zone, e.g. parts of Finglas, Swords and Donnybrook.

Archaeology in Dublin is overseen by the City Archaeologist.  If you are considering a building project, contact us before you submit the planning application.

We can then advise you on the likely archaeological implications.

We screen all planning applications submitted to Dublin City Council. When a site has archaeological potential, we make a written submission to the Planning Department, who may attach an archaeological condition.


Archaeological Publications for Dublin City

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We have published numerous documents about the archaeological heritage of Dublin City. Read the Archaeological Archives Study - the Pilot Study that explores the feasibility of establishing a stable and accessible archive of photographic, written, drawn and digital records arising from archaeological excavations in Dublin City.

Read our archaeological publications

Download the St. Luke’s Conservation Plan /Íoslódáil an Plean Caomhnaithe San Lúcás (PDF 1.8Mb)

Conservation Plan Dublin City Walls & Defences

Dublin City Archaeological Archive Guidelines (cover attached separately)

Sources for Archaeologists in Dublin City

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This document contains information for archaeologists who work in Dublin City.

Dublin City Walls Conservation Plan

Dublin City Walls are one of the most important, but poorly preserved and presented monuments in the city. This plan addresses concerns about the walls - both above and below ground.

Contact us at the address below to request a copy.

Walks through Medieval Dublin

Use these maps to explore medieval Dublin.

Viking Age Dublin

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A popular book on the archaeology of Ireland’s first town by Ruth Johnson that is available in your local library or in bookshops

Dublinia: The Story of Medieval Dublin


A popular book on the history of Dublin in the Middle Ages that is available in your local library or in bookshops

Dublin City and County Archaeology GIS Project

The Dublin City and County Archaeology GIS Project has sourced and mapped all available licensed archaeological reports and complementary historical data up to 2012 for County Dublin.
The results of the project can be read at the following site-

Archaeological Archive

The Archaeology Office maintains an archive of secondary historical material. This includes modern and historic maps, photographs, books, digital files and written records. These can be consulted by researchers upon appointment.

To arrange an appointment, contact the Archaeology Office at the following address

For more information

Dublin City Council
Archaeology Office
Block 3, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2094
Fax: (01) 222 2271