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Archaeology

Can you imagine what Ireland was like for the first people to arrive here? Our archaeology collections offer a window into the past by studying objects, the remains of settlements and monuments to the dead.

These tell the story of how people lived, worked and treated their ancestors, from prehistory to medieval times.

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Pot : urn : cordoned

Pot : urn : cordoned

Pot : cordoned This is a large vessel and while it is without the characteristic applied cordons a similar effect is achieved by grooving with whipped...

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup Biconical Cup. Found in gravel pit. Said to have contained burnt bones. Several other vessels of different form also rec...

Pot : vase

Pot : vase

Pot : vase A small, pale brown vessel with dark brown fabric, everted rim and a pronounced shoulder. A running chevron of cord-impressed ornament deco...

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food-vessel : pygmy cup...

Pot

Pot

Reconstructed pot...

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite. Vase from Grave 1 with roughly incised ornament and four low imperforate lugs on the shoulder....

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed The bowl bears comb impressions and false relief ornament....

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite Impressed ornament consists of neat comb and triangular impressions forming false relief on the shoulder; the ba...

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup

Pot : food vessel : pygmy cup Tub-shaped. No details of discovery. Flat rim carrying simple decoration of six incised lines spaced between rim and bas...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed

Pot : food vessel : bowl : ribbed The pot is decorated with false relief and comb impressions....

Pot : bowl

Pot : bowl

Pot : bowl It is decorated with triangular impressions forming false relief and comb impressions....

Pot : urn

Pot : urn

Pot : urn...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite This large bowl is decorated with impressed ornament including comb, false relief and lunate impressions. There ...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : anomalous

Pot : food vessel : bowl : anomalous

Pot : food-vessel : bowl : anomalous It is decorated with broadly incised vertical lines and impressed short lines....

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite Tripartite bowl found at 'Glenville' near Newry. It is decorated with comb impressions and false relief....

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite...

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : tripartite Bears incised ornament (filled triangles are the predominant motif)....

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl Bowl decorated with incised lines, false relief and roughly oval impressions....

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite Vase with incised ornament on rim bevel and exterior. Horizontal ribbing and four equidistant imperforate lugs oc...

Pot : urn : collared

Pot : urn : collared

Pot : urn : collared...

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl Most of the pot is preserved: about half the rim is missing. The bowl is decorated with comb impressions and triangular impre...

Pot : vase

Pot : vase

Pot : vase It is decorated with incised ornament and originally had six imprforate lugs, five of which survive. Grain impression of naked barley in ba...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : simple : necked

Pot : food vessel : bowl : simple : necked

Pot : food vessel : bowl : simple : necked. Sherds of a small vessel, from the chamber of a wedge tomb, bear decoration consisting of comb and triangu...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite : necked

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite : necked

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite : necked Bowl decorated with fine comb-impressed oblique lines and false relief. Vertical lines are possibly comb...

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite Incised ornament...

Pot : food vessel

Pot : food vessel

Pot : food vessel...

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl

Pot : food vessel : bowl Bipartite example decorated with false relief ornament, comb impressions and horizontal lines of very fine whipped cord impre...

Pot

Pot

Pot...

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite A bowl decorated with a comb-impressed lattice and vertical lines of coarse twisted cord impressions....

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : tripartite Bowl decorated with comb impressions and approximately traingluar marks (impressed with a toothed implement) for...

Pot : food vessel

Pot : food vessel

Pot : food vessel A fine vase decorated with carefully incised or impressed lines and false relief....

Pot : urn : encrusted

Pot : urn : encrusted

Pot : urn : encrusted Small urn of narrow proportions. Rim bevelled internally, and decorated with two rows of short oblique strokes. Externally this ...

Pot : urn : encrusted

Pot : urn : encrusted

Pot : urn : encrusted Rim has a short and sharp internal bevel decorated with herring-bone arrangement of 'wheat-sheaf' motif. Externally the area imm...

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : bowl : bipartite Bowl labelled 'Garton, Templepatrick', from Co. Antrim? No details of discovery but according to museum register ...

Pot

Pot

Reconstructed pot...

Pot : bipartite bowl

Pot : bipartite bowl

Pot : bipartite bowl Bipartite bowl found in a cist in a small cairn at Loughaveema. Decoration consists of horizontal lines of comb impression, recta...

Pot : urn : cordoned

Pot : urn : cordoned

Pot : urn : cordoned Cordoned urn type with everted urn decorated on the inside and a broad band of decoration under the rim on the outside consisting...

Pot : urn : collared

Pot : urn : collared

Pot : urn : collared This is a tall vessel with a distinct collar and shoulder. The rim is flat but slightly dished and with a squared-off internal ed...

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Pot

Pot...

Pot

Pot

Pot...

Pot

Pot

Reconstructed pot...

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite

Pot : food vessel : vase : bipartite Bears impressed ornament on rim bevel and incised ornament on exterior....

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