Clare Archaeological Finds On Display

Clare Champion, Friday, March 18th, 2011

An exhibition titled ‘Borderland: an exhibition of archaeological discoveries along the rounte of the M18 Gort to Crusheen road’ was officially opened at Clare Museum by Councillor Brian Meaney, Deputy Mayor of Ennis last week.

The excavations were carried out at 22 sites and were undertaken by Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd., on behalf of Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority.

At the official opening, Jerry O’Sullivan from the NRA provided a brief overview of the work of the Archaeology section of the NRA.

Mr O’Sullivan was followed by an illustrated introductory talk on the sites and artefacts discovered along the route of the M18 by project archaeologist Shane Delaney. Further public talks and publications on the project are planned for the future.

Finds from excavations currently on display at the museum include prehistoric pottery, stone tools, glass beads, a saddle back quernstone and a rare bone gaming piece that dates to the Iron Age. These and other exhibits are displayed in purpose built showcases funded by IAC as part of their commitment to communicate the results of the archaeological excavations to the public.

‘We are fortunate to be able to display these finds in Clare’ says Museum Curator, John Rattigan.

‘Clare Museum is the only venue west of the Shannon that is designated under the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994 as a venue for exhibitions of Archaeological material’, he said.

The exhibition will run until the end of May.

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