Axe, stone, polished, shale, L 13.5cm; W 6cm; curved cutting edge, narrow rounded butt, chipped around all edges


Axe, stone, probably shale, polished, gently curved cutting edge chipped, large chip towards one edge. Narrow rounded butt, chipped extending into one face. Both faces chipped around edges, one face blacker, more polished than the other. Narrow oval profile.

Found in townland of Caher, Co. Clare. No other details recorded. Three townlands in different baronies – Bunratty Upper, Inchiquin and Tulla Upper. Most likely provenance is barony of Tulla Upper, which is closer to Limerick than others, history/tradition of finds from eastern side of county being deposited with Limerick City Museum. It was transferred to Clare Museum in 2008.

This axe is recorded in the Catalogue of Archaeological Finds from County Clare From the Archives of The National Museum of Ireland, Vol. 1, compiled by Erin Gibbons, Jackie Mac Dermott, and Felim Gibbons, Oct 99. The record provides the following information: “Townland – Caher. Find: Axes, Stone x 3; Habitat – Limerick Museum; IA File – 1A/19/94; Ref – The Irish Stone Axe Project; Slide – A 18689; Pg. III.510”. This axe is one of two transferred from Limerick with recorded provenance from Caher townland.

Collection: National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994

Category: Tool/Implement

2008.0012 (5628)