The Archive Unit

The Archive Unit is a section within the National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and consists of an extensive body of material relating to the archaeological heritage of the State.

The main collections consist of the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) files comprising reports on some 136,800 archaeological sites within the State; c.25,000 excavation reports on the results of licensed and unlicensed excavations; a Carved Stone Inventory collection; underwater survey volumes, including the Shipwreck Inventory and Ports, Piers and Harbours volumes; and an extensive photographic collection of some 550,000 images of monuments. The Archive Unit is also in the process of providing storage for the transfer of paper archives from excavations carried out under licence.

The public reading room is now located in the Custom House, Dublin 1. There are spaces available for 10 researchers at any one time. The opening day and time remain the same as before - Fridays only from 10am to 5pm – however please note that the reading room will close completely from 1pm to 2.15pm on this day.

The Archive Unit can be contacted either by telephone (01) 8883922 (from Ireland) / +353 1 8883922 (from outside Ireland) or by email

Application Forms

Form 1: Archive File Request Form PDF

Form 2: Request to view unpublished excavation reports PDF

Form 3: Application for RMP Maps & Lists PDF


Information & Guidelines

NMS Archive Unit Information Booklet

Archive Reading Room Regulations


Finding Aid

The Finding Aid lists all the archaeological reports in the possession of the Archive Unit. It is available as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. It contains an index explaining what types of reports are included, and separate worksheets for Dive Licences, Excavation Reports, Excavations carried out under Ministerial Consent or Direction, Non-Licenced reports and Detection Device Consents.

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Archive Unit,
National Monuments Service, 
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Room G62,
Custom House,

Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 8883922