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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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A pair of Bronze Age Earrings from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

Although the exact circumstance surrounding the discovery of the Castlerea earrings remains uncertain, it is believed that they were found near the Co. Roscommon town during the 18th century. Probably dating from the end of the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1200 BC), the earrings measure approximately 3.6 cm in diameter. They were fashioned out of small rectangular […]

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The Comerford Crown, a Bronze Age gold ‘hat’ from Tipperary

The Comerford Crown is striking gold artefact, whose origins probably lie in the Late Bronze Age. It was discovered in 1692 in a peat bog at Bearna Eile (The Devil’s Bit), Co. Tipperary. As the picture above shows, it was profusely decorated, in what was most likely repousse ornamentation. An extraordinary object, the crown must have created a […]

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