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14.04.2021

Dooyork Hoard

Brothers P.J. and Bertie Dean discovered three ornaments with gold ends that could be worn as amulets or baby necklaces, bronze bracelets, and various amber beads.

However, it was not until Bertie Dean showed one of the torches to a jeweler friend that their antiquity was revealed.

Cork-based jeweler Tim Keen said he looked at the exquisite jewelry and knew immediately that it was very old.

He contacted the National Museum on behalf of the discoverers, and archaeologists began excavating on a remote beach where they discovered the new items, now known as the Doyork Hoard. The priceless hoard is believed to be 3,200 years old.

"I think Mayo is the right place for them to exhibit since they were found there. We were always concerned about the treasure remaining in Ireland," Mr. Keane said.

Mary Cahill, assistant curator of Irish antiquities at the National Museum, supervised the excavation at the Co Mayo site. "This is a very important find. The find demonstrates the craftsmanship of the artisans. It took quite a few weeks in our laboratories to preserve them," she said.

These antiquities were on public display at the Country Life Museum, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo 2003. 

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