“GARDAÍ GOT much more than they expected when they recovered goods stolen in a burglary in Strokestown, Co Roscommon.  Nestling in the haul – discovered during a Garda search at a property in Dublin – was a gold lunula and two gold sun discs. The discovery of the previously unrecorded gold artefacts was described as “highly important” by the National Museum of Ireland.”

See Irish Times article here.

Sadly the tale of theft of priceless antiques and archaeological plunder still goes on. One could ask what on earth a pharmicist is doing with two gold sun discs and a lunula locked up in his safe, but of course that would be too naive. Luckily they have been recovered by the Gardai, and though presumably provenance is lost and we may never know where they were found, at least they should end up in a museum at last.

“Under the National Monuments Act, any artefacts discovered should be surrendered to the State through the National Museum of Ireland. Garda sources indicated that there was not expected to be any prosecution under the Act. The items are to be brought to the National Museum of Ireland.”

For a further perspective on this matter see the blog of Archaeologist Paul Barford

This fascinating tale goes on, gathering its own folklore along the way…