Thursday, August 20, 2020

Co Carlow: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds 10 items identified as coming from Co Carlow. The majority of these (10) are assigned to the Bronze Age. The most common object type represented are vases (3). The material types represented in this assemblage are Pottery (4), along with Stone, Bone, and Metal (2 each).



Neolithic/Bronze Age: Bone item
Ballon Hill, tumulus
pin
19201109.470
Bone pin fragment; looped head of pin; loop worn through; decorated


Neolithic/Bronze Age: Stone item
Ballon Hill
end scraper
19201109.140
Stone end scraper.


Neolithic (?)/Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Stone item
Ardristan quarry, 2 miles from Ballon Hill
bead
19201109.290
Stone bead (decorated).


Bronze Age: Bone item
Possibly from Ballon Hill cemetery
human cremation
19201109.1b
[as 19201109.1a]


Bronze Age: Metal items
River Barrow
sword
18470113.100
Copper alloy sword handle and blade portion, four rivets in situ. Tang missing. The butt has four rivets one of which retains a rivet stump. Slight ricasso present. The blade is a pointed oval in cross-section and has a ridge parallel to the edges which have suffered some damage. The blade has been broken, apparently in fairly recent times. The surface of the blade is reasonably smooth.

Nurney
socketed axe
WG.1567
Copper alloy socketed axe; cast. Mouth is oval, with bevelled and uneven rim. Loop is set at base of collar, ends extend a little on to body.


Bronze Age: Pottery items
Possibly from Ballon Hill cemetery
bowl
19201109.1a
Pottery tripartite bowl (variant) with incised lines on the rim bevel and broad shallow incised lines on the exterior. Incised or impressed short lines occur just below the rim and on two horizontal ribs. Cremation in a bag mixed with pot sherds.

Ballon Hill, barrow cemetery
vase
19201109.200
Pottery bipartite vase, decorated with chevrons and hatched triangles incised on upper part.

Ballon Hill, barrow cemetery
vase
19201109.300
Pottery bipartite vase with drum-shaped base; restored. Elaborately decorated all over with incised lines, herringbones and lattices.

Ballon Hill, barrow cemetery
vase
19201109.400
Miniature pottery bipartite vase with five lugs at unequal intervals on the shoulder, outside ornamented with incised looped lines, some hatched.

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