Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Co Louth: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds 13 items identified as coming from Co Louth. The majority of these (4) are assigned to the Bronze Age, followed by the Early Medieval period (3). The most common object type represented are palstaves (3), followed by floor-tiles and spear-heads (2 each). Only two material types are represented in this assemblage: Metal (11) and Pottery (2).


Bronze Age: Metal items
Drogheda
spear-head
18551220.210
Copper alloy socketed spearhead, pegged.

Drogheda
palstave
18551220.230
Copper alloy palstave.

Drogheda
sword
18551220.200
Copper alloy sword fragment; only the butt and a portion of the blade survive. There are four rivet-holes in the butt. The edges of the blade have been badly damaged and towards the broken end the blade has been slightly bent.

Drogheda
spear-head
18551220.220
Copper alloy socketed spearhead, tip of blade only.


Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Drogheda
axe
WG.1538
Copper alloy flanged axe with thin, rounded butt. Decorated.


Middle Bronze Age: Metal items
Louth
palstave
OA.115
Copper alloy palstave, damaged.

Ardee (near)
palstave
18431226.130
Copper alloy palstave, small.


Early Medieval: Metal items
Drogheda (near)
ring brooch; pseudo-penannular brooch; penannular brooch
18540714.140
A cast silver brooch pin. The ring head has three sunken crescent-shaped panels, two triangular settings and a tongue-shaped knob. The pin is incised with an interlace pattern. The shank and end of the pin are missing.
8thC-9thC

Drogheda
penannular brooch
18540714.138
Leaded bronze penannular brooch with plain hoop and expanded animal head terminals; pin of oval section with flattened hooked head.
5thC-6thC

Drogheda
ringed pin
18680709.270
Copper alloy ringed pin; pin-head ribbed and hooked over ring; shank of oval to rectangular section, with incised diagonal cross.
9thC-10thC


Medieval; Early Medieval: Metal item
Mellifont Abbey
cross pendant
18590604.100
Gold pendant cross; expanded arms of gold sheet with filigree scrolls; central setting of blue glass in twisted wire; suspension loop.
12thC (?)


Late Medieval: Pottery items
Mellifont Abbey (?)
floor-tile
19470505.972
Earthenware floor tile, lead-glazed. Made in Cheshire (?)
14thC

Mellifont Abbey (?)
floor-tile
19470505.719
Earthenware floor tile, lead-glazed. Made in Ireland (?)
14thC-15thC

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