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Neolithic Deposits in the North-East of Ireland

Nature volume 71, pages 444445 (09 March 1905) | Download Citation



THE recent changes of level in the north-east of Ireland attracted a considerable amount of public interest during the year 1903, in consequence of the lawsuit, known as the “Gold Ornaments Case” (Attorney-General υ. the Trustees of the British Museum). A golden boat, collar, and other objects were found in ploughing at Broighter, on the extensive flat that stretches around Limavady Junction in county Londonderry. They were buried eighteen inches deep in stiff clay soil, at a spot which is four feet above ordinary high-water mark. The British Museum authorities rested their claim to the retention of the objects in part on the theory that the ornaments in question constituted a votive offering, which was deposited in Lough Foyle about the beginning of the Christian era, the spot where the objects were sunk having since become dry land, owing to upheaval of the coast-line. The claim of the British Museum was, however, not sustained.

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