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Permanent Exhibition

Prehistoric Ireland

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Flint Mace Head from Knowth, Brú na Bóinne

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.

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.

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Prehistoric Ireland is located at:
Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2
D02 FH48


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.

Archaeology

Prehistoric Details

By around 7000 BC, the earliest Irish settlers were hunting animals, especially wild pigs, gathering wild plants and shellfish, and fishing in lakes, rivers and the sea.

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Archaeology

Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2,
D02 FH48

+353 1 677 7444