Crescent-headed linchpin - 918.33.95_1_2016


Crescent-headed linchpin

Medium:Leaded tin-bronze, solid-cast in a two part mould
Geography: Found at Dunmore, County Galway, Ireland
Date: about 750-600 BCE
Period: Late Bronze Age (Irish), Dowris phase
10.2 × 11.0 cm, 315.8 g
Object number: 918.33.95
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
Not on view

This pin would have kept the wheel attached to the axle of a wheeled vehicle.

For further discussion of its possible significance to prehistoric driving vehicles and horses in the Late Bronze Age, see the 2022 article by Brian G. Scott and Rena Maguire "A Late Bronze Age linch-pin provenanced to Dunmore East, Co. Galway." in bibliography. Date for this object has been reassigned from Iron Age to Late Bronze Age based on research by Scott and Maguire.

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