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caltrop

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    +.4648

  • Description

    Seven wood caltrops?

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Curator's comments

    See AOA Christy Correspondence:
    Letters from James A Jones, Thornton Heath/A W Franks, 11 October 1889 - 'I should be pleased if you will accept all the spiked pieces of Wood for the Christy Collection. They appear to have been sharpened at the end and I believe this is the reason they are supposed to have been used for darts also they are all found in the bog sloping in one direction ...'
    and 4 November, 1889 - 'I have just returned from spending a holiday in West Kerry "Dingle" and through the kindness of the Schoolmaster I was enabled to visit many places of interest.
    I beg to inclose for your inspection some Wooden Arrows I found them on the top of O'Connor Mountain some 4 miles from "Dingle". O'Connor Mountain is some ft 1500 high and on the top are great bogs and where the rain has washed the soil these Arrows are found sticking in it. They are supposed to have been poisoned and used in savage warfare in early times. From the number there it is possible that a great battle had been fought beteween rival tribes. Only recently a bronze axe was found and sold to Lord Ventry's brother who resides in Dingle...'
    As practically no tourists ever visit the place it prevents them being found. ...'
    Both letters are annotated '+4648'.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    +.4648

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