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Book Launch: Scabbards and Sheaths from Viking and Medieval Dublin by Esther Cameron

Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, is pleased to announce the launch of Scabbards and Sheaths from Viking and Medieval Dublin, an illustrated catalogue of the Museum’s decorated leather scabbards, recovered from the Wood Quay excavations.  The scabbards once contained Viking Swords and the sheaths contained Anglo-Norman knives.

The publication will be launched by the distinguished historian Margaret McCutain (one of the original occupants of Wood Quay) at The National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Wednesday 2nd April at 6.30pm.

Written by Esther Cameron, this catalogue of 267 sheaths and 53 scabbards is part of a large collection of medieval leatherwork dating from the early tenth to the early thirteenth century.  The collection was amassed between 1962 and 1981 during archaeological excavations of six major sites in old Dublin and includes well over 5,500 recorded leather finds.

This is the first in a series of titles on the Dublin Excavations being published by the National Museum on its own. Previous titles were published by the Museum with the Academy.  Future volumes will deal with weapons and warfare in Medieval Dublin; Amber-working in Viking Dublin; Footwear in Viking Dublin and Stave-built wooden vessels in Viking and Medieval Dublin.

This series, when completed, will provide the definitive account of the archaeological excavations carried out by the National Museum of Ireland between 1962 and 1981 in Medieval Dublin. Author of “Scabbards and Sheaths from Viking and Medieval Dublin is Esther Cameron, an Oxford-based leather specialist and medieval scholar. 

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