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  • Post-excavation Assessment – a thorough assessment of the outstanding post-excavation needs of the project, and a programme for completion of same; including a description of the site record, production of artefacts and ecofact catalogues, a structured stratigraphic account of the archaeological remains excavated, and a clear picture of the intended post-excavation analyses, interpretation and dissemination to follow.
  • Further post-excavation to lead to completion of a final excavation report as per licence/consent and grant condition, including the production of plans/sections for publication, illustration of finds, specialist reports on artefacts and ecofacts, radiocarbon dates and other scientific analyses.
  • Necessary conservation work on artefacts and preparation and listing of finds according to National Museum of Ireland guidelines to enable their accession to the National Museum
  • Publication and dissemination of the project (distinct from final excavation report as per licence/consent condition) including editing and production of additional illustrations as necessary.
  • Completion of the project, including archiving and accession of project records and artefacts to NMS and NMI as appropriate

• The completion of legacy archaeological excavation projects in a timely and managed way.
The furtherance of archaeological knowledge in the context of the finite nature of the archaeological resource

  • This scheme is only open to post-excavation research (including publication and/or archiving) for Archaeological Research Excavations which were previously funded by the Royal Irish Academy and whose RIA excavation funding ended at least five years ago, here termed RIA-funded Legacy Project.
  • This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists for work in Ireland (not including Northern Ireland). Undergraduate, postgraduate students, or PhD candidates may not be the lead applicant but may be involved in an application.
  • The Committee does not normally consider projects where the applicant is not the excavation licence holder (unless there are exceptional circumstances which will be examined on a case-by-case basis). If the applicant is not the original licence holder, the applicant must demonstrate that they have full access to all the surviving records, finds and samples from the excavation and the approval to carry out this work from the licence holder, or of the institution to which they belonged, if they are not in a position to carry out the work.
  • Post excavation costs including staff*, post excavation running costs, specialist consumables travel and subsistence expenses, specialists’ fees, scientific analyses.
  • Salary costs of grant recipients are considered an eligible cost if, in order to participate in the project they must have their time ‘bought out’, or they must take time out from their usual employment, or would not be financially supported to do this work without the grant funding and are not simultaneously in receipt of another income. As the Academy can only reimburse costs which are supported by evidence of payment any request to reimburse salary costs must be supported by evidence that the salary has been paid (in the form of payslips, paid invoices etc.) from the employing body.
  • Institutional overheads, or any element that should properly be ascribed to institutional overheads (e.g. computer hardware including laptops, electronic notebooks, digital cameras, etc; lab / bench fees, books and other permanent resources).
  • Applications from any applicant with one or more excavation reports outstanding to the Licensing Authority unless they have agreed a submission date for outstanding licenses and have an official Compliance Letter from NMS agreeing to this.
  • Applications from any applicant who has been previously funded by the Academy for projects which have not been completed to the standard required by the grant conditions.