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Pierced antler, consisting of the broad palmated portion with the projections cut off. Six perforations, three on the narrow side and three along upper edge. The antler probably that of a giant Irish deer.
Length: 49 centimetres (max)
Width: 32 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- An attached label reads: Presented by Earl of Enniskillen,5th March,1875. According to the register it was 'found in the north of Ireland'.
Originally described as elk horn when registered, this is much more likely to be from a giant Irish deer as there are no elk in Ireland. Examples of antlers from giant Irish deer have been found in Ireland, especially in bogs, and a number have been worked at a later date. The holes in this example are man made, and may possibly have been used as gauges for creating and straightening wood shafts.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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