Sun, 05 Dec 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: The National Museum of Ireland is in discussions with the British Museum, which seeks to borrow a number of ancient artifacts for an exhibition on Stonehenge.

The British Museum's Neil Wilkin has asked for artifacts to be loaned from the world heritage sites at Newgrange and Knowth, which houses the Neolithic graves at Br na Binne in Co Meath.

The British Museum is also seeking the loan of the Bog of Allen bulla - a gold-plated amulet which was filled with animal remains, herbs and pieces of stone, to protect the wearer from evil spirits, according to Mary Cahill, archaeologist with the National Museum of Ireland.

"We want to show the range of connections between Stonehenge and other monuments that are equally important and impressive - and many of those sites are in Ireland," said Wilkin, as quoted by The Independent.

"In particular, we are keen to draw on the origins of the monuments in the Boyne Valley and the wonderful chambered passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth. They are the two sites we are really interested in."

Officials expect the National Museum of Ireland to agree to the loan, with a signing of an agreement in December.

Wilkin described the artifacts as "culturally priceless" in terms of "what they mean in our understanding of where we have come from".

The British exhibition, entitled The World of Stonehenge, is scheduled to open February 17 and continue to July 17, and will feature Bronze and Stone Age objects from Europe, including the Nebra sky disc - the world's oldest surviving 'map' of the stars.

While preparing the exhibition, Wilkin said he again learned of "the persistent importance of the sun" to the ancient Irish.

"We really have something to learn about the way we live today. They were so in tune with nature," Wilkin told The Independent.

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