Mether Wk 184

Height 14.6 cm, Width 11 cm

Ultra-violet light image showing the underside of Mether Wk 184 © National Museum of Ireland

Find Location

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 scrínetranslates 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 records (Lewis 1837).

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Technical Analysis

Examining objects under ultra-violet (UV) light can sometimes help to characterise the materials used in their construction. Mether Wk 184 was examined under UV light to see how the packing material on the underside of the vessel would behave. The packing material did not fluoresce (glow with a characteristic colour) so a small sample was collected for further analysis. The results of this and additional analyses will be added to the website as the project progresses.  

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