In the early Bronze Age, Ireland had more than its fair share of
gold. Was it imported, or are there forgotten deposits of gold?
Chemical investigations suggest that raw material for Ireland=B4s
prehistoric gold hoard may have been sourced from near neighbours.
An alternative explanation is that there are forgotten Irish
deposits rich in gold. Visit the National Museum on Kildare Street,
Dublin, and you will be struck by the sheer number of gold objects.
The desire for this precious metal was strong in prehistoric, pagan
Ireland. The array of gold ornaments includes collars, torcs and
bracelets, mostly from the Bronze Age, 2,200 to 800 BC.
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