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Artefact Biography: A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon

Held by the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, the original museum record for these artefacts, numbered 1998:5 – 8, reads: “Hoard of four polished stone axes found in the bog at Td. Runnacocka, Co. Roscommon”. The record documents a collection of four deliberately deposited small axeheads made from shale, sandstone and limestone, which are likely… Continue reading Artefact Biography: A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon

A Vinegar Valentine for St. Valentine’s Day!

For St. Valentine’s Day, enjoy a suffragette themed ‘Vinegar Valentine’ postcard! Vinegar Valentines were a form of ‘comic’ or anti-Valentine, popular from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Vinegar Valentines were designed to insult and mock the unfortunate recipients through blunt contemporary humour – on this postcard the sender has even continued the ‘vinegar’ sentiment with a… Continue reading A Vinegar Valentine for St. Valentine’s Day!

Heritage Week 2020

Artefact Biography: A Carved Walrus Tooth Figure from the National Museum of Ireland

The original National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology register entry for this carved figural object reads – “Carving, in sea horse tooth, representing a Greenlander attacked by a bear. Height 2in. Presented with No. 2530″. A scene carved in ivory The object shows a male bear attacking a human figure from behind, locking his paws around… Continue reading Artefact Biography: A Carved Walrus Tooth Figure from the National Museum of Ireland

Finding Fionn Mac Cumhail: The Mythology and Archaeology of the 1931 Sheebeg Excavation

From Saturday 10th October, The Dock Arts Centre will broadcast a recorded interview with Scéal Heritage about our research into the mythology and archaeology of the 1931 Sheebeg Excavation in County Leitrim. During Christmas week in 1931, a local schoolteacher and a landowner began an amateur excavation of the prehistoric passage tomb on the hill… Continue reading Finding Fionn Mac Cumhail: The Mythology and Archaeology of the 1931 Sheebeg Excavation


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