Trough Wk 285
Length 68 cm, Width 42 cm, Depth 23 cm
This large wooden trough from the archaeological collection of the National Museum of Ireland was found in a bog near Tullaghoge, County Tyrone. The Irish name for Tullaghoge is Tulach Óg which translates as 'hillock of the youths or warriors'. The nearby Tullaghoge fort was the inauguration site of the O’Neills of Ulster from the 11th to the 16th century, and was therefore a culturally significant region within Gaelic Ulster.
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The scanning electron microscope (SEM) image on the left was produced from a small sample of wood collected from trough Wk 285. The eyelash like features at the centre of the image are called sclariform perforation plates. The number of individual 'lashes' on each feature, in combination with micro-features identified in additional SEM images, indicate that the vessel is likely formed from alder wood. The remainder of the wood sample will be submitted for radio carbon dating in summer 2018.