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Iron Age Find

Postby Billy on Wed May 21, 2008 7:32 pm

Hey all you iron age fiends,

now, I'm sure this is something well worth getting excited about. A friend of mine has just been in to the National Museum to view a recent find from Co. Meath.

It consists of a metalworkers hoard, and is a cache of tools and part made artifacts. it dates to the early Iron Age, but has some Y-Shaped pieces which likely bear La Tene art, so I'd say you're looking at post 300 BC. The iron is in a fairly corroded state, but so far several shaft-hole hammers, files and a small anvil have been identified. It is hoped that Xray will reveal more details beneath the corrosion. Also, conservators are going to test the teeth of the files, to see what they were working on.

My friend saw Y-shaped bits in various stages of production, and that several ingots and suchlike were found, which might be part of a lost wax casting process.

If I get photos, and if I'm allowed to post them, you'll be seeing more.
Stay tuned.
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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby brendan on Wed May 21, 2008 10:41 pm

cooool
are there swords? (ducks)

keep us posted. I do have an Iron age set of kit that needs to be finished...someday

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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Aislinn on Fri May 23, 2008 2:54 pm

Nice! Any notion of when (if ever) they will be on display/viewable by the public?

Have they given info on the context of the find - within a settlement/on the side of the road/part of a burial/etc?
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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby the_power on Fri May 23, 2008 8:55 pm

Aislinn wrote:Nice! Any notion of when (if ever) they will be on display/viewable by the public?


Remember the scene at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ? They had nothing on the Irish Museums.

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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Billy on Mon May 26, 2008 6:24 am

No other info at all I'm afraid, but I'll keep you posted with any new knowledge as I get it.

It may never go on display. Displays are costly, and the items need to be really showy to replace something already on display. They only have limited space to show things off.
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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Andrea L Redden on Sat May 31, 2008 11:53 pm

Aislinn wrote:Nice! Any notion of when (if ever) they will be on display/viewable by the public?


No offence but...bugger displays, I'm 17,000kms away. When are they going to PUBLISH?

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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby gobae on Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:27 pm

Awesome! I'd give my eye teeth to see that stuff. Everyone shows off the swords I want to see the tools that made them.
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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Andrea L Redden on Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:32 am

Billy wrote:My friend saw Y-shaped bits in various stages of production,

These "Y-shaped bits", they didn't look anything like this pair fron the Mastermyr find, would they? They're about 11.5-12cm long. Image

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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Nerva on Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:38 pm

Flattened Roman Caltrops!
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Re: Iron Age Find

Postby Dave Mooney on Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:12 pm

Don't caltrops have 4 points? 3 on the deck so 1 is always pointing up regardless what way they land?!
(I'm still trying to design a delivery system to use them to take out boy racers when the race up yer arse. Also trying to include a timed charge at their core to blow the caltrops apart so they don't get the next car to come along. It's giving me no end of trouble I'll tell you)
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