Shale Trial PieceNorth Down Museum’s Archaeology collection consists of hundreds of flint and stone tools and weapons dating from the Stone Age to Bronze Age. Much of the collection was discovered at two key archaeological sites in the area.

There are also good examples of the metal implements created during the Bronze Age such as axes and spearheads, as well as more decorative items like brooches and shawl fasteners. One of the real treasures of the collection are the Bronze Age Ballycroghan swords. 

Many of these artefacts were donated by antiquarians such as Rev. George Raphael Buick.

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