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Archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric gold trade route between Britain and Ireland

Archaeologists at the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient gold trade route between south-west Britain and Ireland. This new study suggests that people were trading gold between the two countries as far back as the early Bronze Age (2500 BC). The research, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, used a new […]

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Treasures from the Bog: An Iron Age Leather Arm-Ring from Co. Offaly

This distinctive leather arm-ring was found on an Iron Age bog body from Co. Offaly. It represents a very unusual find from this period, as organic jewellery rarely survives in the archaeological record. Thankfully, in this instance, the cold, acidic and oxygen-free conditions of the bog prevented the leather from decaying. The bog body containing […]

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Split down the middle: parti-coloured clothes in 14th century Ireland

In the imaginative and engaging Charter Roll room of the Medieval Waterford Museum, I discovered something that I’d never seen before: a fourteenth century illustration of a man dressed from head to toe in two vertically contrasting colours. He is dressed in an outfit that vertically drapes the entire left half of his body in fawn, and the entire […]

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Beer Money: 13th century tokens from Winetavern Street, Dublin

These distinctive pewter tokens were found by Brendán O’Riordáin during his archaeological excavations at Winetavern Street in Dublin. As its name suggests, this street was once famous for its taverns and it is likely that the tokens were originally used by local inn-keepers when normal coinage was scarce. They were discovered inside a wood-lined cess-pit, where […]

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