See what archaeological, art and industry artefacts are in the National Museum of Ireland from Offaly
You can now download the archaeological, art and industry artefacts Access database from Offaly in the National Museum of Ireland of items donated or on loan up to 2005. You can seach by townland, parish, barony, object, material, associated person, registration number, bog / river. There are 3329 archaeological artefacts detailed and 161 from the art and industry section.
What do you do if you find an Archaeological object now?
As there is no county museum or designated repository in Offaly (see Cultural Institutions Act 1997), all archaeological objects that come to light should, by law, be deposited with the National Museum, as they belong to the State (Under the National Monuments Amendment Act 1994). If you do find an item you should call the National Museum within 48 hours. Tel 01-6777444. The State does issue finder's awards where appropriate.
Kingship and Sacrifice - Old Croghan Man
In 2003, a bog body from the Iron Age was discovered at Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly. An international team was assembled by the National Museum of Ireland and much research was carried out. Old Croghan Man is now on display in the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin. Archaeology Ireland have produced a 6 page A4 fold out leaflet Kingship and Sacrifice: Iron Age Bog Bodies and Boundaries which can be ordered from www.wordwellbooks.com