We welcome academic collaboration from Ireland and overseas, both with academic institutions and community groups. Collaborations have taken on many forms in the past; some areas in which we already enjoy collaborative archaeological research with academic partners include:
- Bioarchaeology & Osteoarchaeology
- Architectural Heritage
- Community Heritage
- 3-D Laser Scanning
- Archaeogeophysical Survey
Our current major collaborative project is located in and around Birr Town in the midlands of Ireland. This project largely came about as a result of a partnership with the Birr 20/20 group, Ithaca College and Bournemouth University. Birr 20/20 is a group founded in May 2014 to fill a ‘gap in local governance’ created by the dissolution of the town councils. From conversations beginning with Birr 20/20 we have since facilitated a program of non-invasive research, looking at monastic sites in the Midlands. Since December 2016 our project has seen the IAFS support geophysical research at three sites and digital preservation, through 3D scanning, at two, the results of which can be viewed in the above targets. The collaboration with Birr Town (and specifically Birr 20/20) is burgeoning and ambitious and only works due to a supportive local community. The seeds have been sown for a larger most ambitious research project, so watch this space!