The earliest dated sample, Knockdrin, from between 1745–1635 BC, was associated with bark, possibly a wrapping or container.
In the early 2nd millennium BC, only small, round-based wooden bowls are known and pottery from non-funerary contexts is rare, suggesting that deliberate choices were made about the materials used to store surplus food.
A piece of bog butter found in Tumgesh, Co. 可以o, deposited in a wooden mether. Image copyright of the 爱尔兰国家博物馆
“Strict depositional rules have been observed for gold objects, axes and specialised bladed weapons in the Early Bronze Age,” said Dr Smyth.
“Foods are an often-ignored category but may have also been infused with symbolism. In this regard, it may be no coincidence that both butter and gold are commonly deposited in bogs.”
“The Museum is particularly grateful to finders throughout the country who take the time to report these important finds and allow us to protect them for future research such as that featured here”