BRONZE AGE

Early Bronze Age evidence consists of pits, hearths and pottery from the Beaker culture, dated to 2300 BC. A number of significant Middle Bronze Age finds have been made, including a javelin-head, a bronze cloak-pin, a chisel (1400-2000 BC), and an axe-head (1200-1500 BC). A 10.9 kg saddle quern cereal grinding stone was discovered at Rathdown by Patrick Neary. Late Bronze Age post-holes, stake-holes and pottery have been found. In total, 937 Neolithic / Bronze Age lithics have been discovered here.

 

Smal, Chris (1993) Ancient Rathdown and St. Crispin’s Cell, A uniquely historic landscape, Friends of Historic Rathdown, Greystones.

Bronze Age spearhead from Rathdown, 1000-500 BC
Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland
Flint retouched flake, Rathdown Upper. Possibly an unfinished convex scraper.
Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland
Bronze Age pointed metal pin or needle-like tool from Rathdown - unusual in that it is metal - pins/needles of this form are usually made from bone.
Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland
Bronze axe head from Rathdown, 1500-1200 BC
Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland
Bronze palstave type small axe or chisel from Rathdown, 2000-1400 BC.
Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland

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