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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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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

The Formation of Fossils

The Formation of Fossils

February 03, 2016

Fossils can be formed by a number of processes... some are better than others.
 

Skulls and Cross Pedestal

Skulls and Cross Pedestal

December 23, 2015

Decoding the mysteries of an ivory cross pedestal carved with skulls and biblical inscriptions found in Smerwick Harbour, on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry.

Writing Implements, c18th Century

Writing Implements, c18th Century

December 09, 2015

A stone inkwell and quill pen cutter from the NMI’s Folklife collection.

A Sponge from South Africa

A Sponge from South Africa

November 16, 2015

This specimen of a sponge, Isodictya multiformis (Stephens, 1915), was collected by the Scottish National Antarctic expedition lead by Dr W.S. Bruce off the coast of South Africa in 1904.

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