Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Co Wexford: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds 12 items identified as coming from Co Wexford. The majority of these (3 each) are assigned to the Medieval and Neolithic/Bronze Age periods. Only two material types are represented in this assemblage: Metal (9) and Stone (3).


Neolithic/Bronze Age: Stone items
Wexford
macehead
18541227.110
Perforated, polished stone macehead, oval shaped and rounded edges, dark reddish brown in colour.

Fethard Castle
spear-head; mould
18990523.100
Stone mould. Half of mould for side looped, socketed spearhead.

Fethard Castle
mould; axe
19000619.100
Half of a stone mould for casting a double looped, socketed, decorated axe. Sort of boat-shaped in cross-section.


Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Kilmuckridge
disc
18490301.310
Gold disc. Thin circular foil of beaten gold with embossed decoration.
2500BC-2000BC (circa)


Bronze Age: Metal item
Wexford
spear-head
18630122.100
Copper alloy basal-looped, socketed spearhead. Blade: rhomboid, base angled, flat. Midrib section: lozenge with wide ridge. Projecting loops, lozenge plates. Socket splayed.


Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Kileta Hill
halberd
18490301.450
Copper alloy halberd with asymmetrical blade. Three rivet holes with all rivets in situ.


Late Bronze Age: Metal item
Dunbrody Abbey
penannular bracelet
18490301.190
Gold penannular bracelet. Flat ribbon of metal with the terminals back coiled.
1150BC-750BC (circa)

Early Medieval: Metal item
Dunbrody Abbey
ringed pin
18680709.300
Copper alloy spiral-ringed pin; pin-head a baluster decorated with punched dots; ring of circular section.
7thC-8thC


Medieval: Metal items
Wexford
annular brooch
18490301.340
Annular brooch; gold; hoop in form of sixteen conjoined concave roundels, each set with small cabochon emerald in centre; pin rests on an applied leaf.
1300-1500

Dunbrody Abbey
pax
18750625.500
Pax; bronze fragment; open-work; figure of Crucifixion with St John, Virgin lost.

Wexford
seal-impression; seal
18730214.400
Pointed oval bronze seal-matrix of Monart (?), Co Wexford. It has a low ridge and loop at the back. Two contiguous niches each with an ecclesiastic, holding up the left and right hands respectively; on the top an architectural gabled superstructure.
14thC


Late Medieval: Metal item
Enniscorthy Abbey
ring brooch
18490301.320
Ring brooch; gold; set with two rubies and four emeralds en cabochon.
14thC