The Shannongrove Gorget, Ireland, Late Bronze Age (probably 800-700 BC)
A gorget is a more elaborate form of the lunula, a crescent shaped ornament thought to have been used to fasten cloaks around the neck. This gorget was found in a bog in Shannongrove, Co. Limerick, sometime before 1783. There are only ten similar pieces from Ireland known at this time, some of which come from the lower Shannon area.
On the inner side of the collar, under each of the circular terminals, is a hole. The collar probably rested on the chest and was held in place by a chain running between the two holes and passing round the back of the neck.
Gold was buried with the dead so as to accompany its owner into the afterlife. Sometimes, as with the gold collars from Ireland which have been found folded in half, it appears people may have followed a ritual for the disposal of jewellery.