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scraper / disc

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2005,0501.969

  • Description

    Stone scraper or disc; edges have been worked bifacially; faces are extremely smooth; some damage to one face; black colour.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 43 millimetres
    • Weight: 37 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    This unusual object appears to be part of a hoard of similar pieces from Knockeen, Co. Waterford. The majority of the hoard is held by the National Museum of Ireland, and consists of 54 complete pieces and 3 fragments, ranging in diameter from 15mm to 45mm (P1948:217-273). The hoard is reported to have been discovered under a flagstone in a field around a large dolmen at Knockeen.

    The purpose of these objects in unknown, but a team at the National Museum of Ireland suggest "their closest parallels [are] the jet bracelet cores found in early medieval/Viking contexts. The consistency in their execution suggests that they may be finished objects in themselves, perhaps a set of gaming pieces" (Anderson et al. 2013, 21).

    For their discussion of the hoard, see:
    Anderson, Claire, Rachel Flynn, Rachel O'Byrne, Natasha Walsh, and Sharon Weadick. 2013. “MYSTERIES OF THE CRYPT: THE INVENTORY PROJECT OF THE IRISH ANTIQUITIES DIVISION, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND”. Archaeology Ireland 27 (1). Wordwell Ltd.: 17–21.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Acqusition details unknown as of Spring 2006.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2005,0501.969

Stone scraper or disc; edges have been worked bifacially; faces are extremely smooth; some damage to one face; black colour.

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