Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Co Sligo: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds just eight items identified as coming from Co Sligo, but what a collection they are! The majority of these are assigned to either the Early Bronze Age (?) or the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (2 each). The most common object types represented are flat axes and lunulae (2 each). Only two material types are represented in this assemblage: Metal (7) and Stone (1).


Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age: Metal items
Sligo (near)
lunula
18490301.220
Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with semi-circular terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The decoration consists of two or three parallel lines and an accompanying row of triangles parallel to the inner and outer edges. At the centre of each horn is a sequence of six diamond shaped motifs.

Sligo (near)
lunula
18490301.210
Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with spatulate terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The centre of the horns is decorated with a narrow central space together with opposite triangles, parallel horizontal lines and void spaces. Four horizontal lines decorated with a series of vertical lines and triangles separate the horns from the rest of the body. The body’s inner and outer edges are decorated with a series of horizontal lines, triangles and oblique lines. The surface of the lunula is highly crinkled rather than smooth, perhaps indicating that it has been folded or rolled in the past.


Neolithic (?)/Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Stone item
Rosses Point rock shelter
flake
19271112.160
Stone flake large.


Bronze Age: Metal item
Kilrea
rapier
WG.1235
Copper alloy rapier.


Early Bronze Age (?): Metal items
Glencar
flat axe
19440702.100
Copper alloy flat axe; cast, with thin, rounded butt. Decorated on each face with curved transverse ridges and furrows, the ridges engraved with zig-zags and dots.

Glencar
flat axe
19440702.200
Copper alloy flat axe; cast, with thin, rounded butt. Decorated on each face with curved transverse ridges and furrows, the ridges engraved with zig-zags and dots.
Flat axes 19440702.1 & 19440702.2

Flat axes 19440702.1 & 19440702.2


Middle Bronze Age: Metal item
Glencar
palstave
19641201.840
Copper alloy palstave axe. Perforations through septum


Middle Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Metal item
Bog of Curry
torc
19260408.100
Gold alloy ribbon torc in two pieces.
1400BC-1100BC/300BC-100BC