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The Project Archaeologist
Many organisations engaged in the development process do not possess the in-house expertise to manage the complexities of archaeological and cultural heritage issues that arise. Organisations often turn to a Project Archaeologist whose role is to manage the archaeological process on behalf of a client at all stages of the development process. Often the functions of a Project Archaeologist are formally stated in the Code of Practice agreed between a development organisation and the Irish Government. More generally the function of the Project Archaeologist is to advise the client on all aspects of the potential cultural heritage impacts of a project from design stage, through site identification and acquisition, the planning process, environmental impact assessment and planning condition compliance.

The Project Archaeologist may prepare or assess the cultural heritage component of the Environmental Impact Assessment assuring that the mitigations adhere to planning guidelines and best practice. He will liaise with the National Monuments Service and the planning authority in relation to a proposed development. Where on-site licensed geophysical or archaeological testing investigations are required the Project Archaeologist will ensure the project methodology is agreed with the National Monuments service and the planning authority where appropriate. He will manage the process of competitive fixed price tenders that includes preparing the detailed project brief, circulating this to consultants for costed proposals, advising the client on consultant selection and preparing the fixed price contracts for signatures.

The Project Archaeologist will ensure that geophysics and excavation licenses are in order before submission to the licensing authority and oversee the arrangements for on-site works. He will manage the on-site work on behalf of the client and ensure the work is a carried out in accordance with the terms of the license. He will assess and certify that fieldwork reports are completed and submitted on time ensuring that they adhere to National Monuments guidelines and that the recommendations are appropriate. He will certify all invoices from the consultant archaeologist. Where planning conditions require mitigation such as the preservation by record of archaeological features or archaeological monitoring the Project Archaeologist will manage the process of competitive fixed price tenders in the same way as the pre-development investigations.

The Project Archaeologist is an important member of any development team and in Ireland Project Archaeologists are employed by a number of state and private organisations including the National Roads Authority, Bord Gais, The Irish Concrete Federation, Bord na Mona and the Railway Procurement Agency.

   
Projects
The environmental impact assessment of Cam Quarry, Co. Roscommon
The development of a new quarry at Cam, Co. Roscommon near Athlone lead to the archaeological assessment of an extensive area of pre-modern field systems.
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Brownstown Quarry Project
Since 2003 Dr. Charles Mount has been project managing the multi-period archaeological investigations at Brownstown, Co. Kildare. Summaries of the investigations carried out at the site are appended.
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Archaeological impact assessment of a quarry at Killough, Co. Tipperary
Continuing development at Killough, Co. Tipperary required the archaeological impact assessment (AIA)of the heritage in the surrounding area.
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