This database contains summary accounts of all the excavations carried out in Ireland – North and South – from 1970 to 2000. It has been compiled from the published Excavations Bulletins from those years, with a similar format. The Excavations Bulletin was started by Tom Delaney in the early 1970s and was revived by Claire Cotter in 1985. Since 1986 it has been compiled by Isabel Bennett and published by Wordwell, with support from the Office of Public Works, latterly the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. For the years from 1977 to 1984 the Excavation Bulletin was incorporated in the Irish Journal of Archaeology.
The number of excavations carried out annually in Ireland has increased enormously during this period. To illustrate, Excavations 1970 has 41 reports, while Excavations 2000 contains over 1100. The database gives access to almost 6000 reports and can be browsed or searched using multiple fields, including Year, County, Site Type, Grid Reference, Licence No., Sites and Monuments Record No. and Author.