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. 
Pelican tool
Iron dental tool

This tool was used in the past to extract teeth in the late medieval period.

Partial skull of Spotted Hyena and catalogue of the excavation at Castlepook
Spotted Hyena Skull

A skull was excavated in Castlepook Cave, near Doneraile, Co. Cork, the only place in Ireland where remains of spotted hyena have been found to this day.

View of the four boards forming the seat and of the front legs with T-shaped stretcher
A Three-legged ‘Tuam chair’

An interesting example of a three-legged Irish chair (the ‘Tuam chair’), common in Connaught over 100 years ago, was catalogued in the Irish Folklife Division.

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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