Farming and Archaeology

Ireland has over 120,000 known archaeological sites, many of which are in the countryside and form the basis of our historic landscapes.  Farmers and landowners play a vital role in protecting our archaeological heritage, including sites such as  tombs and graves, raths, stone circles, field patterns and boundaries and the remains of old homesteads.

The Heritage Council booklet Farming and Archaeology: the Irish Historic Landscape provides practical advice for farmers on how to identify potential archaeological sites and how to ensure farming can co-exist with them.