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Ór - Ireland's Gold

Explore one of Europe's most important prehistoric gold collections


The collection of prehistoric goldwork ranges in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown.

During the Early Bronze Age the principal gold products were made from sheet gold, and include sundiscs and the crescentic gold collars called lunulae.

Around 1200 BC new gold working techniques were developed. During this time a great variety of torcs were made by twisting bars or strips of gold.

Styles changed again around 900 BC - the Late Bronze Age - and the goldwork of this period can be divided into two main types. Solid objects such as bracelets and dress-fasteners contrast dramatically with large sheet gold collars and delicate ear-spools.

Introduction to the Gold Collection

Introduction to the Gold Collection

Read about the Museum's gold collection and Irish Bronze Age goldwork.

Early Bronze Age Gold

Early Bronze Age Gold

Discover the earliest Irish gold objects produced between 2400 - 1800 BC, such as discs and lunulae.

Late Bronze Age Gold

Late Bronze Age Gold

Learn about Irish goldwork 1000-700 BC