Friday, December 28, 2018

Co Kerry: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds nine items identified as coming from Co Kerry. The majority of these are assigned to the Early Bronze Age and Early Medieval periods (2 each). The most common object type represented are flat axes (2). The most popular material types represented in this assemblage are: Metal (5), Stone (2), Leather (1) and Wood (1).


Neolithic/Bronze Age: Stone item
Kerry
axe
20050501.326
Small polished stone axe with flat butt.


Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Mangerton, Engraved writing on the back of the lunula reads "Found at Mangerton July 1842 under eight feet of bog". (near)
lunula
18710401.100
Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with spatulate terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with a complex finely-incised geometric pattern.
2400BC-2000BC (circa)


Neolithic (?)/Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Wooden items
Kerry
caltrop (?)
+.4648
Seven wood caltrops?


Early Bronze Age: Metal items
Ardfert
flat axe
WG.1528
Copper-alloy flat axe; with a straight, angular butt. Sides are almost parallel in upper half, then swing out gently, before curving out and upwards to form a wide, semi-circular cutting-edge.

Cullinagh
flat axe
WG.1525
Copper alloy flat axe; with straight, angular butt. The sides are roughly parallel in the upper half, then splay out gently to form a wide, curved cutting-edge, which is slightly damaged.


Early Medieval: Metal item
Tralee (near)
pseudo-penannular brooch
18880719.104
Silver pseudo-penannular brooch; square terminals & pin-head with lozenge-shaped settings and linear borders; circles on back.
8thC(late)-9thC


Early Medieval: Stone item
Church Island
whetstone
19270308.100
Whetstone; rectangular section, brown; projecting human head at one end; on base a hatched rectangle enclosing six pointed star-like motif.
7thC-9thC (?)


Medieval: Metal item
Valencia Island (?)
finger-ring
AF.1037
Finger-ring; gold; flat hoop; irregular oval bezel containing sapphire; inscription around hoop.
14thC


Unknown: Leather item
Kerry, peat-bog
shoe
18890930.300
Portion of shoe; made of one piece of leather; holes for thong fastening.