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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 Bear, a Sea-horse and a Greenlander

A Bear, a Sea-horse and a Greenlander

April 02, 2015

The fascinating origins of a possible carved ivory gaming piece

Rathbarran Lunar Disc

Rathbarran Lunar Disc

March 01, 2015

Discovered in county Sligo in the mid-nineteenth century among the Rathbarran grave goods and transferred to the Science and Art Museum in 1890, it has been suggested that this most unusual disc might be a lunar disc.

Irish Republican POW Bone Carvings

Irish Republican POW Bone Carvings

January 12, 2015

Carved by Irish Republican POWs interned in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, 1923.

A Canadian Pseudo-fossil

A Canadian Pseudo-fossil

November 20, 2014

This specimen was once thought to represent the earliest life on Earth.

Barrington’s bird collection

Barrington’s bird collection

November 20, 2014

This collection includes approximately 382 mounted birds and 926 study skins as well as 3000 legs and wings of birds involved in collisions with light stations around Ireland. 

Thomas and Joseph McEnroe – Two Brothers’ Experience of World War I

Thomas and Joseph McEnroe – Two Brothers’ Experience of World War I

November 11, 2014

This photograph album tells the story of Dublin brothers Thomas, a professional soldier in the British Army, and Joseph McEnroe, a volunteer who enlisted in 1916. Their combined service covered the war years from 1914 to 1919.

Bodhrán, c.1820

Bodhrán, c.1820

November 11, 2014

A nineteenth century example of an Irish musical instrument.

Great Bitterns in Ireland

Great Bitterns in Ireland

November 11, 2014

The bittern was a common bird in Ireland until the mid-19th century. It used to live here all year round but is a rare winter visitor nowadays.

Medieval Irish Mether

Medieval Irish Mether

July 23, 2014

A ceremonial drinking vessel with body and handles crafted from one piece of wood.

An Elephant Bird Egg from Madagascar

An Elephant Bird Egg from Madagascar

June 25, 2014

The elephant bird is an extinct species of large flightless bird, which once inhabited the island of Madagascar.

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