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Archaeology and Built Heritage Ltd.

Predicting Ireland’s past for more than twenty years.

About Our Business

Archaeology and Built Heritage Ltd. is a Dublin based company providing pre-development archaeological and heritage consultancy and on-site resolution. We enjoy a range of in-house expertise, maintaining a strong research and publication agenda. 

If you are unsure about your planning obligations in relation to a development, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

We assist our clients in the planning process by providing the following services:

  • Pre-planning consultancy
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and desk-based assessment
  • Fieldwork
  • Historic building assessment
  • Specialist services
  • Community archaeology


The planning authority may request that fieldwork be undertaken in relation to a development. We provide a wide range of services to assist you in meeting your planning requirements. These include:

  • Archaeological testing
  • Archaeological monitoring
  • Archaeological excavation
  • Geophysics
  • Historic building surveys and architectural conservation
  • Site survey

Specialist Services

Our professional team provides a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to specialist work related to archaeology. These services include:

  • Artefact analysis
  • Historic building survey
  • Architectural conservation planning
  • Policy advice and expert witness
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Wetland archaeology
  • Artefact illustration
  • Archaeological mapping and graphics

Archaeology and Built Heritage Ltd. are also certified to act as both Project Supervisors in the Design Phase (PSDP) and Project Supervisors in the Construction Stage (PSCS)

Meet the Team

Franc Myles MUBC MIAI

Franc Myles MUBC MIAI

Senior Project Archaeologist

Franc Myles has worked as an archaeologist since graduating with an Honours Degree in History from Trinity College Dublin in 1987. 

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He subsequently took a Master’s Degree in Urban and Building Conservation from University College Dublin, graduating in 1999. Franc has lectured on the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation in TCD from its inception in 2004 and in addition, frequently teaches CPD courses on historic building materials and the interface between archaeology and architecture.

Franc became a licensed archaeologist in 1999, having worked as a field archaeologist in various capacities since graduation for inter alia the National Monuments Service and the Museum of London. Prior to 2009 he was employed as a Senior Project Archaeologist with Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd. with a specific responsibility for built heritage investigations.  As a buildings archaeologist Franc has an expertise in historic structures of all periods, with a particular expertise in pre-Georgian urban housing.  He has published and lectured widely on many aspects of the country’s built and archaeological heritage. Franc is a former board member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI), a founding committee member of the Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group and News Editor of Archaeology Ireland.

Cathy Moore MA PgDip Bus

Cathy Moore MA PgDip Bus

Managing Director

Cathy Moore graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Classics and an MA in Archaeology from UCD, she also holds a PGDip in Business and Cultural Event Management from IADT. 

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An excavation director since 2002, Cathy has worked at a senior level on a wide range of infrastructural projects for private clients and public bodies.

Cathy is an established expert in Irish peatland archaeology and a leading industry specialist in the recording of archaeological wood and wooden artefacts. In 2016 she was the joint winner of the Rescue Dig of the Year category in the 2016 Current Archaeology Awards, and in 2011 was a finalist in the British Festival of Science, Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research. Cathy has lectured extensively on her work and contributed to over 25 publications including two books, chapters in books, peer-reviewed journals and magazine articles.

James Kyle BSc HDip MIAI

James Kyle BSc HDip MIAI

Project Archaeologist

James Kyle is a licence eligible archaeological site director and project manager. He has been a licenced site director since 2007, with additional expertise in the specialist analyses of animal bone, clay pipe and glass artefacts. 

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He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology from the University of Wales and a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Irish Archaeology from University College Cork.

James has extensive experience managing the archaeological aspects of major infrastructural, commercial and residential projects in both the public and private sectors. He is the Chairperson of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) and also the Chairperson of the Archaeological Branch of Unite the Union. He is also a member of the European Association of Archaeologists and a member of the EU’s COST-Arkwork initiative, a multidisciplinary, international team of researchers and experts examining the production and uses of archaeological knowledge and how to maximise its positive impact on society.

Johnny Ryan BA MA

Johnny Ryan BA MA

Project Archaeologist / Surveyor / Illustrator

Johnny Ryan is a licence eligible director, surveyor and illustrator. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2002 with a BA in Archaeology and History of Art and in 2015 he completed an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. 

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He has worked in archaeology since 2003 with extensive experience on major public infrastructural projects and private developments. Johnny has wide ranging experience in fieldwork, post-excavation and project management,  and is a certified Project Supervisor in the Construction Stage.

Johnny has extensive experience in surveying and the illustration of artefacts. He has contributed to a number of publications in this regard. He was also responsible for the digitising of the site plans from the Dublin Excavations Publication Project, which include the production of publication standard figures of the Hiberno-Norse houses from Fishamble St.

Why Use Our Services

We are based in Dublin, but undertake work all over Ireland.

Our understanding of the planning laws relating to archaeology allows us to give informed advice and guidance to clients.

Our rates are extremely competitive.

We have a wealth of experience in urban, rural and wetland archaeology

Our staff are all qualified archaeologists, highly competent and experienced in dealing with archaeology in the planning process

We are delighted to help our new and repeat clients from all across Ireland.


We are engaged in a variety of projects with clients from the public sector, local authorities, private developers and architectural and engineering consultancies throughout Ireland.