Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Co Laois~Queen's County: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds just five items identified as coming from Co Laois~Queen's County. Each is assigned to different time period and object type. All are of Metal.


Early Bronze Age: Metal item
Stradbally
flat axe
WG.1524
Copper-alloy flat axe; straight, angular butt. Sides are almost parallel in the upper half, then splay outwards to form a wide, semi-circular cutting-edge. Entire object is covered with brown, red, green and orange patina.


Early Medieval: Metal item
Portarlington
ringed pin; ring brooch
19130710.300
Bronze ring brooch; hatched pseudo-penannular ring an raised border, thee raised empty settings, two scrolls and loop at base; hooked pin.
8thC-9thC


Roman: Metal item
Laois
ingot
19780911.100
Silver military ingot in the shape of a double axe. Stamped "EXXOF VINCI" within a double-edged lozenge shaped frame.
3rdC - 4thC


Late Medieval: Metal item
Portarlington
finger-ring
18540714.300
Finger-ring; silver; slender hoop; pierced shoulders; the bezel pierced in four places, suggesting a cruciform design.
16thC


Unknown: Metal item
Ballaghmor Castle
lock
18540714.360
Iron lock, for key of type III, two levers inside; scratch marks on reverse.