Documentation Discoveries

documentation teams working on the collections
Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of the museum’s Five Year Inventory Project. 
A physically anomalous example of a loggerhead turtle found on Donegal Bay
An Unusual Loggerhead Turtle

A loggerhead turtle (one of the largest hard-shelled turtle species in the world) specimen discovered in Donegal in the 19th century.

Birch Rod
Birch Rod

A 19th century birch rod used in prisons to discipline male prisoners has been documented in the Irish Folklife collections.

Figure 1. RSAI170 Bronze tag (Copyright NMI)
A Medieval Bronze Strap Tag

A strap tag made of bronze was discovered in Wexford that generated interest as it was inscribed, not in English or Irish, as one might expect, but in Old French.

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