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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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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.

Roman Coin of Philip the Arab

Roman Coin of Philip the Arab

November 13, 2015

Circa AD 245-247, found in Co. Cork

A snake from west Africa

A snake from west Africa

October 13, 2015

This rhinoceros viper specimen (scientific name: Bitis nasicornis) was donated by Roger Casement to the National Museum of Ireland. 

Brazen Beasts – A Pair of Bronze Boar Figurines of Uncertain Origins

Brazen Beasts – A Pair of Bronze Boar Figurines of Uncertain Origins

October 13, 2015

A curious pair of bronze boar figurines, which were first listed in the 1861 museum catalogue of the Royal Irish Academy.

Three Young Lizards from Cappagh, Co. Waterford

Three Young Lizards from Cappagh, Co. Waterford

September 29, 2015

The viviparous or common lizard is the only land reptile native to Ireland.

A Pair of Silver Reliquaries from the Dawson Collection

A Pair of Silver Reliquaries from the Dawson Collection

July 30, 2015

A small case of intrigue is opened when two unusual silver reliquaries are rediscovered.

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