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Prehistoric gold artefacts discovered in County Donegal

The National Museum of Ireland received a report on Tuesday 26 June 2018 of the discovery of significant artefacts in County Donegal, which appear to date from the Bronze Age.


Four gold artefacts discovered in Co. Donegal on 26 June 2018 © National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland received a report on Tuesday 26 June 2018 of the discovery of significant artefacts in County Donegal, which appear to date from the Bronze Age.

Experts from the National Museum travelled to the site where the artefacts were discovered and carried out a thorough investigation of the area for evidence of how and when the important artefacts were deposited.

The Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Ms Lynn Scarff said: “The National Museum of Ireland is delighted by the news of this exciting find. The Museum would like to recognise the cooperation of the finders and the local community in Donegal. We would also like to acknowledge our colleagues at the Donegal County Museum, the National Monuments Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their collaboration and assistance with this discovery, and look forward to working closely with them in relation to this find over the coming months.”

The Chair of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland, Ms Catherine Heaney said: “This find brings our ancient history and heritage alive: The details of the find, the prevailing weather, the examination of the artefacts and other detail will all place this find into a context that’s of interest to people of all generations. 

For the Museum, our big challenge now is to complete the examination of the hoard and make it available for public enjoyment as soon as possible.  This treasure belongs to the public:  sharing it, and its accompanying story, is the duty of the National Museum of Ireland.  We look forward to collaborating with Donegal County Council and County Museum in ensuring maximum public engagement with the treasure.”

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan said: “My Department and the National Monuments Service were delighted to cooperate with National Museum of Ireland colleagues and Donegal County Museum over recent days on the significant discovery and thanks the finders for their prompt reporting of the discovery, which allowed the museum carry out its important investigation into the circumstances of the find.”

Following their discovery, the artefacts were immediately removed from the site and transferred to the National Museum of Ireland. They will be put on display as soon as initial investigations are concluded.

Four gold artefacts discovered in Co. Donegal on 26 June 2018 © National Museum of Ireland

Four gold artefacts discovered in Co. Donegal on 26 June 2018 © National Museum of Ireland

Four gold artefacts discovered in Co. Donegal on 26 June 2018 © National Museum of Ireland