Scéal offers specialist expertise in material culture, with over a decade of hands-on experience working with a vast spectrum of historical and archaeological artefacts in the commercial archaeology post-excavation sector, and with the collections of the National Museum of Ireland. We offer a range of associated services for museums, heritage organisations, and archaeological companies.
Scéal provides assistance with archaeological post-excavation management, and the assessment, processing, and reporting of archaeological and historical artefacts to the highest level of national museum standard.
We offer all stages of professional artefact processing – from cleaning and packaging to classification and object labelling and inking.
Professional identification and artefact report production on a wide range of historical and archaeological objects from all chronological periods.
The highest standards of research and assessment of a wide range of artefacts – from the most common and everyday examples to the unique and unusual discoveries that are uncovered during excavation.
While experienced in the research and processing of a wide selection of artefacts, Scéal also offers specific research specialisms in a number of artefact typologies. These currently include:
- Folk magic objects – objects that have been deliberately concealed in buildings in apotropaic/protective magic practices, or objects used in folk magic beliefs such as curing. Particular research specialism in the re-use of archaeological and historical artefacts in folk magic and tradition.
- Archaeology and folklore – artefacts and monuments with attached modern mythological associations and beliefs.
- The visual and material culture of the Irish women’s suffrage movement
- Celtic Revival design and associated nineteenth-century archaeological reproduction jewellery and art
- Worked animal bone artefacts
- Post-medieval and early modern miscellanea