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A pair of cheek-pieces of unknown type from Ireland – request for information
My good friend B G Scott is currently researching Iron Age horse harnesses. He is currently looking for parallels to the cheek pieces illustrated below. Please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues who may be able to help. You may either conta...

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A Phoenix at the National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland has many wondrous, beautiful, and rare objects on display. Just think of the spectacular Bronze Age gold display, the Ardagh Chalice and the other amazing artefacts in the Treasury, the prehistoric pottery, along with the Viki...

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A Dandy Lion at the National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street, Dublin, is simply stuffed with treasures – room after room and case after case of the very finest and most important artefacts from this island. When faced with such a rich and beautiful selection to catch y...

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The Wreck of La Belle and archaeology of French Texas
Last November I had the
good fortune to be in Austin, TX. Although I was there in my guise of IT guy to
attend the Tableau conference, I had a little free time to myself got the
opportunity to visit The Bullock
Texas State History Museum . Should you get th...

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Working Tools of the 5th Dragoon Guards
Every Masonic Lodge has a collection of what are termed ‘Working
Tools’. They are copies of the types of tools used by stonemasons (or ‘operative
masons’) and are used in Masonic rituals to teach moral lessons to the
candidate undergoing a particular ‘degre...

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The presentation demonstrates the extremely long and varied history of the swastika symbol and provides context for the Irish examples where it was chiefly used during the Early Christian (6th - 11th centuries) and Medieval (15th century) periods. During these times it was utilised as a representation of the sun, a variant of the cross, along with communicating Christian ideas about resurrection. The presentation also examines the re-emergence of the swastika during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how that manifested itself in a variety of ways from swastika jewellery and general ‘good luck’ charms to eventually becoming synonymous with the evils of the Nazi regime. The presentation does not in any way attempt to ‘reclaim’ or normalise the swastika, but it does seek to address the possible futures for this contentious symbol.

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Burial 40 The Mound of the Hostages, Tara
Bipartite vase from Burial 40 at The Mound of the Hostages, Tara, Co. Meath. This burial was represented by a spread of cremated human bone. Analysis indicates that these represented two individuals. Two pottery vessels were associated with the burial – a t...
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