Riches of Clare Exhibition - Earth 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.

Flat Copper Axehead

Metal first appeared in Ireland in the Bronze Age (2,400 - 600 BC) but the first metal objects from Ireland were made of copper. Copper was not abundant like flint and extracting it from rocks was difficult. The oldest copper mine in North West Europe is located at Mount Gabriel on the Mizen Peninsula in County Cork, and dates from between 1700-1500 BC. This copper axehead dates from the Early Bronze Age. It was found in soil, at a limestone quarry, at Keevagh, Quin, County Clare.

Ref: P1949:6

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

The Bronze Age

Flat Copper Axehead P1949:6
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