Archaeology is the study of past cultures and societies through the examination of the material remains that human populations have left behind.

County Laois has a rich and varied archaeological heritage, some of which has been revealed further through recent excavations.

Archaeology includes monuments above or below the ground, including buildings, ruins, tombs, graves and sites where people lived or carried out industry.

Killeshin Church, County Laois , Romanesque Doorway Ireland

Killeshin Church and Romanesque doorway, County Laois

Individual archaeological objects are also of great importance. All archaeological objects that are discovered should, by law, be deposited with the National Museum.

If you find any archaeological object, please contact the National Museum of Ireland as soon as possible.

The archaeology of Laois is described in the Archaeological Inventory of County Laois (1995), available in Laois  Branch Libraries, from bookshops or directly from Wordwell Books

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