In partnership with the Department of the Environment, ICF has published an Archaeological Code of Practice to provide a framework withing existing legislation and policies to enable members of the ICF to expand their operations whilst carrying out appropriate archaeological mitigation.
Working through the Code the ICF Project Archaeologists works closely with ICF members at site selection stage to identify areas of high archaeological potential and thereby avoid impacts on archaeological heritage. At existing facilities archaeological assessment or archaeological monitoring of the removal of topsoil may lead to the identification of archaeological heritage which is then either preserved by record through thorough archaeological excavation or preserved in situ. Where the decision is made to excavate the work provides an opportunity to learn a great deal about the use of the Irish the landscape over long periods of time in areas where archaeological excavation might not otherwise take place.
The Archaeological Code of Practice is available in the Publications section of this website.