2. Can I Search for Archaeological Objects Without a Metal Detector?

Unless you have a licence from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, it is also an offence to dig or excavate for the purpose of searching for archaeological objects, or anything of archaeological interest, even though you may not be using a metal detector. The penalty for this offence is a fine of up to €126,972 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.

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