The Emergence of the Commercial Sector in Irish Archaeology 1987–2007: Lessons to Be Learnt on Research Opportunities Lost

  • Margaret GowenEmail author
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH, volume 1)


Archaeology was well established as a state sector and academic profession in Ireland by the 1960s and 1970s; however, Irish archaeology experienced a very remarkable development-led growth between the 1980s and the 1990s with that growth accelerating beyond all expectation between the mid-1990s and 2007/8. At that point the construction-industry-led Irish economy suddenly commenced its bewildering decline into severe recession (Gowen 2007a, 23–5; 2012; Eogan 2010, 19–24). Irish archaeological research, which was also very well established in Irish universities within a northern European research tradition from the 1940s onwards, did not identify or maximise the opportunity that this growth presented. It regrettably remained quite disengaged with commercial archaeology until it became clear that the increase in development-led activity was producing very significant findings and that these were being neither adequately disseminated nor resulting in a tangible return to research knowledge (University College Dublin 2006, 7–10).


Commercial Sector National Monument Mitigation Project Heritage Management Archaeological Practice 
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  1. 1.Rath HouseDublinIreland

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