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Documentation Discoveries

Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of The Museum’s Inventory Project.


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Lead-Bearing Minerals from Glendalough

Lead-Bearing Minerals from Glendalough

July 27, 2016

The First World War and the Wicklow lead mines.

Roman Samian Ware

Roman Samian Ware

June 29, 2016

From Lagore Crannog, Co. Meath.

All That Glitters is… Gold? – Three Satsuma Plates

All That Glitters is… Gold? – Three Satsuma Plates

June 01, 2016

Japanese hand-painted pottery with rich decoration in gold and brightly coloured enamels.

Penal Cross from County Galway

Penal Cross from County Galway

May 25, 2016

Penal cross featured in Joseph Bigger’s 1909 publication Irish Penal Crosses 1713-1781.

Arctic Drift-Wood

Arctic Drift-Wood

April 20, 2016

A memento from the 1875-6 British Arctic Expedition.

Cuneiform Tablets: the Genesis of Documentation

Cuneiform Tablets: the Genesis of Documentation

March 30, 2016

Today we compile inventories and record data on computers using database programs. Yet the origins of documentation date back about 5,000 years to the development of the cuneiform script in Mesopotamia.

Obsidian Arrowheads from Prehistoric Hokkaido

Obsidian Arrowheads from Prehistoric Hokkaido

March 16, 2016

A package from Japan brings a collection of Neolithic artefacts and a glimpse at a mysterious, ancient people: the Ainu.

Sailmaker’s Seam Rubber

Sailmaker’s Seam Rubber

March 02, 2016

Bone seam rubber from Mulroy Bay, Co. Donegal.

Greek Porphyry from Viking Dublin

Greek Porphyry from Viking Dublin

February 24, 2016

Possibly from early medieval pilgrimages to Rome.

A Consequential Cache

A Consequential Cache

February 17, 2016

A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon

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