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Prehistoric Ireland

Visit Neolithic & Bronze Age Ireland with tools, tombs & weaponry.

Explore human settlement in Ireland from the stone tools of the first hunter-gatherers around 7000 BC, to the bronze weapons of the Late Bronze Age around 500 BC.

A reconstructed Passage Tomb provides a backdrop to the tools, pottery and personal objects of the Neolithic farmers, including a beautifully decorated flint mace head from Knowth, one of the three famous passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne with Newgrange and Dowth, Co. Meath.

Flint Mace Head from Knowth, Brú na Bóinne (Knowth, Dowth, Newgrange)

The introduction of metalworking around 2500 BC and its development are documented. Copper axes and daggers, shields, cauldrons and cast bronze horns (the earliest known Irish musical instruments) are displayed.

The exhibition also contains jewellery made from amber, glass and stone as well as wooden examples of shields, wheels and cauldrons.

Prominently displayed is a 4,500-year-old logboat from Lurgan, Co. Galway - one of the largest vessels of its type to have been found in Ireland.

Prehistoric Details

Prehistoric Details

In Ireland during the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) period much of Ireland was covered by ice sheets.