A strange proposal has been made by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to lift statutory protection from archaeological and historical sites that post-date 1700, including the Vinegar Hill windmill in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (above).

Prompting the following from Irish Archeology:

“The AD 1700 date, although used as a cut-off point, has no basis in legislation in defining whether a monument is or is not archaeological. By stating that all pre-AD 1700 monuments are archaeological, it does not preclude monuments of post-AD 1700 as being defined as archaeological; ‘date is not in itself a determinant of archaeological significance or interest. Any material remains which can contribute to understanding past societies may be considered to have an element of archaeological significance.’ Frameworks and Principles for the Protection of Archaeological Heritage (Dúchas 1999).