The Archive Unit

The National Monuments Service archive 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 136,500 archaeological sites within the State; excavation reports on the results of licensed excavations; underwater survey reports, including the Shipwreck Archive that document some 12,000 shipwreck sites, as well as islands, ports and harbours and an extensive photographic collection of some 550,000 images of monuments. The archive also includes storage for the paper archives from excavations carried out under licence.

The Archive Unit can be contacted either by email at

Archive Unit,
National Monuments Service,
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Room G62,
Custom House,
Dublin 1.