Scoop 1981.274

Length 36 cm, Width 22 cm, Depth 6.5 cm

Scanning Electron Microscope image of wood sample collected from scoop 1981.274.

Find Location

This scoop or ladle is part of the archaeological collection at the National Museum of Ireland, and was found about three and a half feet deep in a bog near Glassagh townland , Co. Donegal. The Irish name for Glassagh, or Glashagh, as it is spelt on the 1842 Ordnance Survey map, is An Ghlaisigh, which may be translated to mean 'a stream'.

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Technical Analysis

The scanning electron microscope image of scoop 1981.274, was produced from a small sample of wood collected from the object. The eyelash-like features in the top left, and lower middle of the image are called sclariform perforation plates. The number of individual 'lashes' on each feature, in combination with micro-features visible in additional images, indicate that the wood used to make this object is likely alder. The remainder of the wood sample will be submitted for radio carbon dating in summer 2018. 

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