Mether W62 W179
Height 9.7 cm, Width 10.2, Width 9.3 cm
This wooden drinking vessel from the archaeological collection of the National Museum of Ireland was discovered in the Parish of Ballynascreen, County Derry. The Irish name for Ballynascreen, Baile na scríne, translates as 'town of the shrine'. Ballynascreen appears to have been a place of importance at a very early period, as frequent notice of it occurs in the Trias Thaumaturga and other ancient records (Lewis 1837).
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Examining objects under ultra-violet light can sometimes help to identify residues or coatings that indicate how the object was made or used. The ultra-violet image of mether W62 W169 shown on the left highlights adhesive residue along two of the break edges for this vessel. The adhesive is most likely present as a result of a post-collection repair.
Lewis, S. (1837) A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Vol.1 Lewis.