At Eco Advocacy, we consider Heritage to be an important part of what we do. We are most concerned at the amount of unresolved material lying around the country, curtsy of various investigating archaeologist. This material cannot be lodged with the National Museum until the requisite reports are prepared and then submitted with the material. The material consist of bones; Human and Fauna together with other recovered artefacts. Much of the material is from dormant sites left behind in the wake of the 'Celtic tiger' years [in the Irish context] where developers went into liquidation and are out of funds.
Even where the owner is in funds, there appears to be a lacuna in the law whereby the owner cannot be compelled to have the remains and artefacts resolved.
Our Secretary, Mr. Kieran Cummins has himself conducted some pioneering work in having some of the these remains and artefacts (from selected sites) resolved. This involves having the necessary reports compiled by the various professionals competent in these highly specified areas. To this end, we have now established contacts with various people ranging from Archaeologists, Osteo-archaeologists, Universities, and Radio-carbon-dating labs, to name but a few. We are also most appreciative for the support we have received from the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and to Meath County Council in this regard.
We are concerned at the very serious issues concerning the protection of Irelands Heritage and will be happy to advise the authorities on same and also on the issue of having artefacts from various sites resolved.