National Monuments Service - Prehistoric Rock Art

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This is a point dataset showing the location of 950 panels of prehistoric rock art in the Republic of Ireland generated from the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR). This dataset is updated on a regular basis by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI). The current published dataset dates from April 2023.

New panels of rock art are updated to the record by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland as soon as possible after the notification of such discovery has been reported to the National Monuments Service (NMS) through their email at Unlocated panels of rock art with a 0 0 National Grid Reference are monuments whose location has been lost and await rediscovery by local people who may report their findings to the National Monuments Service at the above email address.

The KMZ file can be opened using Google Earth which displays these ‘lost’ monuments at the same location in the Atlantic Ocean. The dataset contains a list of the following fields, the monument number known as the SMR Number, Class Description which is the classification type of the monument, ITM E and ITM N are the Easting and Northern Irish Grid reference in Irish Transverse Mercator format, the latitude and longitude of the monument location. The final Links table includes a hyperlink or internet address which takes the browser directly to the online entry for each monument hosted on the Historic Environment Viewer of the National Monuments website at

This dataset is based on information exported from the national database on the 20/04/2023.

Data Resources (4)

available as CSV
available as KML
ESRI Rest Service, export enabled
Downloadable Zipped ESRI shapefile

Data Resource Preview - KMZ download of NMS - Prehistoric Art

Theme Environment
Date released 2023-05-15
Date updated 2023-06-01
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['', 'Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.', 'otherRestrictions']
Update frequency Other
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-15.407793491597, 48.635165460291],[-15.407793491597, 57.687899835291], [-5.0806450540971, 57.687899835291], [-5.0806450540971, 48.635165460291], [-15.407793491597, 48.635165460291]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM, EPSG:2157)
Vertical Extent {"verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0", "maxVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information It is important to note that this mapping uses the Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM) co-ordinate system. In order to facilitate users during the transition from Irish Grid (IG) to ITM, downloads will include both sets of co-ordinates. The existing point centroids for the records were digitised relative to the OSI 6-inch mapping and the move from this older IG-referenced series to the larger-scale ITM mapping will necessitate revisions.