What is the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project?

The Dublin Mountains are a popular destination for many who want to escape from the busy urban life that has now reached their foothills. Whether hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching or just taking a stroll through the woods, the uplands are busier than they have ever been. The Dublin Mountain Community Archaeology Project aims to increase awareness among those who visit, live in and work in the mountains of the region’s rich archaeological heritage.

Awareness of the archaeological heritage and increased understanding of the monuments and the stories they have to tell add significantly to the appreciation of a place for many people. It is also vital to the protection of these vulnerable sites, which we all want to see preserved for the appreciation of future generations.

See link to an Irish Times video abut the Community Archaeology Project.



Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project 2022

We are very excited to announce that a Dublin Mountains Community Archaeologist for 2022 is being sought, for details see:

The closing date for applications is May 30th.


What is the project offering?


The first phase of the project started in 2021 and will produce resources and share information about the story of the Dublin Mountains and those who have lived there over the millennia. This includes the different types of monuments and artefacts found there, how to identify them and how we should treat them. 

These resources include an online webinar on ‘The Story of the Dublin Mountains’, a series of short videos on the archaeology of the Dublin Mountains, a resource booklet about the archaeology of the Dublin Mountains that will include information on protecting monuments and a series of training workshops aimed at those actively engaged in working in the mountain landscape.

The Story of the Dublin Mountains Webinar

The Story of the Dublin Mountains’ webinar took place over Zoom on Wednesday February 2nd 2022, the recording of the webinar will be available until April 2022.

Who is running the project?

The first phase of the project commenced in 2021 and was managed by Abarta Heritage on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and the Dublin Mountains Partnership with funding from the Heritage Council, and in consultation with key stakeholders such as the National Monuments Service, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Coillte and others.

If you would like more information about the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology Project, please email:



About the 2021 Project Team

Founded in 2012, Abarta Heritage is an award-winning Tipperary-based company, passionate about empowering communities and helping to communicate Ireland’s story to visitors and helping people to take an active role in researching, protecting and presenting their local heritage.

The Dublin Mountains Partnership was established in 2008. Its purpose was to create an improved recreational experience for users of the Dublin Mountains. It is a collaboration between a number of different organisations, outdoor recreation groups and volunteers.

Contact: DMP Recreation manager, Clodagh Duffy:

County Heritage Officers are employed by Local Authorities in partnership with the Heritage Council under the auspices of the Heritage Officer Programme, which was initiated in 1999. They play a key role in promoting heritage awareness, developing policy and providing advice and information on local as well as national heritage issues.

Contacts: South Dublin County Council Heritage Officer, Rosaleen Dwyer:

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Heritage Officer, Deirdre Black:

Archaeology Sites in the Dublin Mountains

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