Riches of Clare Exhibition - Earth

...to collect, preserve, interpret and display the material culture relating to the history of County Clare, both in the museum building and online,
as an educational resource and a socially inclusive cultural service for the people of Clare and visiting tourists.



Convex Scrapers

Roughan Hill, County Clare

A kidney shaped stone enclosure surrounds the remains of several structures at Roughan Hill today. The site was discovered in 1994 during the course of an intensive survey aimed at finding settlements contemporary with the many surrounding wedge shaped tombs.

The central structure of settlement 1 was excavated in 1995 and the Beaker pottery found then confirmed that this site was contemporary with the wedge tombs.

In the Final Neolithic\Early Bronze Age there was a busy farming community on Roughan Hill consisting of several settlements. Finds date from c2400-2000 BC.

Almost two hundred convex scrapers were discovered from Settlement 1, Roughan Hill. They range widely in both quality and workmanship and in their size. Their function is not certain, but the small size of many suggest they may have been part of a composite tool. They may have been used to scrape hides, to work wood, or perhaps to help harvest or prepare plant food.

Ref: 95E61 25, 27, 31, 46, 145, 161, 163, 197, 200, 204-5, 212, 242, 245-6, 248, 256-8, 262, 264, 270-1, 307-8, 325-6, 336, 411

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

Scrapers
Karst of Ireland - The Burren

Convex Scrapers, Ref: 95E61 25, 27, 31, 46, 145, 161, 163, 197, 200, 204-5, 212, 242, 245-6, 248, 256-8, 262, 264, 270-1, 307-8, 325-6, 336, 411
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