For information on any of the 8000 plus archaeological monuments and sites in Mayo the best place to start is archaeology.ie, the website of the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG).
Click into the Archaeological Survey Database under ‘Where are the Monuments?’ (bottom left of screen) and you will access their Historic Environment Map Viewer.
The red dots represent all recorded archaeological sites (pre 1700) and blue dots are the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage records (mainly post 1700 sites). Click onto any one of these dots for further information.
See also www.excavations.ie for excavation reports.
Carrying out works at or within the vicinity of an Archaeological Monument or Site
Under the National Monuments Acts (1930 – 1994) it is the requirement of owners and occupiers to inform the Minister two months in advance, of their intention to carry out any works to or within the vicinity of a National Monument. ALL applications should be sent to:-
National Monuments Service
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Phone: +353 (0)1 888 2178, www.archaeology.ie
Reporting a new Archaeological Monument or Site
If you find a site that is not recorded on the Record of Monuments and Places (or on the map on www.archaeology.ie) you can report it to the National Monuments Service at 01-6313800 or by completing a Monument Report Form. Click here to access a Monument Report Form in pdf format.
Reporting possible damage or threat to a monument
The National Monuments Service is reliant on landowners and the general public in fulfilling its role in the protection and preservation of our archaeological heritage and the assistance of the public is gratefully appreciated.
If you wish to report possible damage to a monument please contact the National Monuments Service by phoning 01 8882000 or e-mailing email@example.com as soon as possible.
What to do if you find an Archaeological Object
As there is no county museum or designated repository in Mayo (see Cultural Institutions Act 1997), all archaeological objects that come to light should, by law, be deposited with the National Museum as they belong to the State (National Monuments Amendment Act 1994). If you do find an item you should call the National Museum within 48 hours. Tel 01-6777444.
Working in Historic Graveyards
Historic Graveyards are protected by law and consent is required from the National Monuments Service before any works can be undertaken. Further information on historic burial grounds in Mayo is available here.
Adopt a Monument Scheme
The Adopt a Monument Scheme is a Heritage Council scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage. To find out more about the scheme and how you can get involved check out the Heritage Council website