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.
Individual archaeological objects are also of great importance. As there is no county museum or designated repository in County Laois, 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.