Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Co Wicklow: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds nine items identified as coming from Co Wicklow. The majority of these (4) are assigned to the Neolithic/Bronze Age, followed by the Bronze Age (2). The most common object type represented are axes (2). Only three material types are represented in this assemblage: Stone (5), Metal (3), and Pottery (1).


Neolithic/Bronze Age: Stone items
Wicklow
macehead
20050501.380
Stone macehead, partly perforated on both sides, round disk shape, damage on one edge, rough surface, brown in colour.

Wicklow
axe
18431226.219
Polished stone axe with slightly damaged rounded butt, rounded sides and uneven blade.

Ballintemple
chisel
19890301.143
Stone chisel, pecked.

Dunganstown
pebble
20050501.370
Fragment of perforated stone pebble, broken across perforation, rough surface, light brown in colour, round edges.


Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Blessington
lunula
WG.31
The Blessington lunula. Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with quadrangular terminals. It is decorated with a finely-incised and complex geometric pattern.
2400BC-2000BC (circa)


Neolithic (?)/Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Stone item
Wicklow
polisher (?); disc
20050501.970
Stone disc, possibly used as polisher; stone of fine grit and upper and lower faces are very smooth; sides are convex and angled in centre; mottled tan.


Bronze Age: Metal item
Rathorum
axe
WG.1550
Copper alloy short-flanged axe; cast.


Bronze Age: Pottery item
Ballybeg House
vase
19271108.100
Pottery tripartite vase with a conical body and an asymmetrical, roughly oval mouth.


Iron Age: Metal item
Wicklow
horse bridle-bit
19040312.200
Copper alloy bridle-bit. Irish type with rings of flattened, sub-triangular section and stop-studs cast in one with the rings.
100 BC - AD 100 (circa)

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