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Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme

The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen's University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating to ten applicants per annum, to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. The offer is intended to assist research projects, including people pursing an academic degree. It is not our intention to fund commercial archaeology companies or developer funded projects. Priority will be given to proposals that address critical research issues. Distribution of the dates will be at the discretion of the RIA Standing Committee of Archaeology.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to complete the online submission form and include the following information:

  • Sources of funding for the excavation
  • Authorisation details of the artefact
  • Find context of sample
  • The research issue the proposed date will address

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23:55 (GMT), Friday 21 April 2017.

The application form is available here

All queries can be sent to

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You might also be interested in our other Archaeology Grants Schemes - Archaeological Research Grants, Directed Archaeological Reserch for World Heritage Sites.

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