The inhouse expertise of ADCO’s team reflects particular strengths in medieval and post-medieval archaeology; foreshore, freshwater, lake and landscape archaeology; shipwreck archaeology; ports and harbour development archaeology; and archaeological training (terrestrial and marine).
ADCO has been successful in winning research grants to develop innovative approaches to maritime and underwater archaeology.
In conjunction with the Discovery Programme, ADCO was awarded a prestigious INSTAR grant by the Heritage Council in 2008. The Littoral Archaeology Project (LAP) assessed the impact of development works along Ireland’s east coast. In doing so, the project raised awareness of the nature of the archaeological record that has been generated through development work.

Heritage Council website: Niall Brady and Edward Pollard
One World Archaeology series (Springer 2013).

COST – European cooperation in Science and Technology

ADCO is a member of the COST 2014-2018 initiative, Oceans Past Platform IS1403. The action is looking at the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans, with a specific focus on coastal communities. Learn More By Clicking Here

Ship Wrecks 2007 – 2015

ADCO personnel have worked closely with the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service (Irish Government) to facilitate the excavation and recording of newly-discovered shipwreck sites a part of government-funded research projects. These projects include:

  • The Boyne (Drogheda) Boat (2007), a medieval clinker-built coastal trader;
  • The 17th century Dunworley Bay Wreck (2009);
  • The Spanish Armada Wreck of La Trinidad Valencera (2009) ;
  • The  17th century Blind Harbour Wreck (2010-2012);
  • The 17th century Rutland Wreck (2010-2014);
  • The Lough Corrib Logboats (2012-2014) ;
  • The 2015 investigation of the Spanish Armada wreck of the La Juliana, which wrecked as one of three Armada vessels at Streedagh Strand in 1588.

Heritage Council 2009

In 2009, ADCO was awarded a grant to test the application of a sonar device that is particularly useful for the detailed survey of known archaeological sites. The sector-scan sonar captures metrically accurate data underwater and facilitates the production of 3D-imaging, much like a laser scanner does on land. The sector-scan sonar is ideal for use on shipwrecks and submerged structures, such as quays and piers. To learn more about the device and to use it on your project, contact ADCO at