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.



Slate Spearhead

This slate spearhead dates from the Mesolithic or "Middle Stone Age" (7,000 - 4,000 BC) and was found at O'Briens Bridge, County Clare. Although the earliest evidence for the extensive peopling of Clare dates from a later period, this spearhead shows that Mesolithic Clare was inhabited by groups of hunter-gatherers. These groups of people hunted game, fished and gathered berries and nuts from their local surroundings. They depended on hunting and gathering to supply everything: food, fuel, clothing and shelter.

Ref: 1945:152

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

The Mesolithic Stone Age
Physical Landforms of Ireland

Slate Spearhead 1945:152
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