Recent Acquisitions

Looped-and-Socketed Axehead

This Looped and Socketed Axehead was found near Miltown Malbay in the townland of Knockliscrane in the civil parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the barony of Ibrickane. It was found during field drainage operations and was brought to the surface by a mechanical digger employed in this task. The axe was found on the surface of the spoil heap and had not been more than three feet below the surface.

It is 6.5cm X 5.2cm wide. The axehead is in poor condition with the remains of only one loop still visible. It dates from the Bronze Age (2,400BC-600BC) and possibly had a more ritual than functional use.

This axe was claimed for the state by Clare Museum under the National Monuments Act (1994) and the National Cultural Institutions Act (1997).

Ref: 2005.207

The Bronze Age
Kilmurry Ibrickan Parish
Designated Museums in Ireland
Clare Archaeology
Coming out of the Stone Age

Looped-and-Socketed Axehead, Ref: 2005.207

Looped-and-Socketed Axehead, Ref: 2005.207

Looped-and-Socketed Axehead, Ref: 2005.207

Looped-and-Socketed Axehead, Ref: 2005.207