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Metalwork report from Orla Scully
July 16, 2012, 7:28 pm
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The assemblage consisted of 320 artefacts, the majority of which was of iron, with some lead and copper alloy. The overall flavour of the collection is of a self-sufficient community with a strong element of woodworking. Most tools were connected to woodworking, and the largest group of artefacts was the hand-wrought nails. Some interesting early post-medieval spoons were found and three Jew’s (or Jaw’s) harps were recovered. A highly unusual stick pin for an Irish context was the only dress accessory besides two buckles. Overall the material was in fairly good condition, with very few items defying identification. All objects were measured with a micrometre. The three maximum dimensions of each artefact are recorded with the description and metal type in the accompanying catalogue. The measurements are given in centimetres. The artefacts are grouped alphabetically according to function in the discussion below. Comparable objects when relevant, from other sites are referred to in the discussion. As all artefacts are from the same site, the museum registration no E4028 is assumed in all references.

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