The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles.

Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.

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2017 Spring and Summer Meetings
Wednesday 8th March 2017

The programmes/booking forms for this year's Spring Meeting to Whitby and Summer Meeting to Cork are available below as well as our meetings page.

2017 Spring Meeting programme/booking form (Whitby)

2017 Summer Meeting programme/booking form (Cork)

8 March lecture at 5 p.m. by Rónán Swan
Wednesday 8th March 2017

New Routes to the Past: discoveries by road and light rail scheme archaeology in Ireland
In the past sixteen years, Ireland has undergone significant and transformative growth with the development of a new motorway network with the construction and expansion of its motorway and primary road network and with the construction and development of a new light rail system within Dublin city. More than 2500 archaeological sites have been excavated, relating to all periods since the Mesolithic and from all parts of the country. While some previously known sites were excavated the vast majority were unknown or forgotten. As a result of this work new not only have new site types been discovered but this work has provided the opportunity to test and explore many hypotheses and models of past settlement and activity. This paper will reflect on how major infrastructural development can contribute to the understanding and appreciation of our archaeological heritage.

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