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3D Printing Ancient Artifacts Lets Us Figure Out What They Were Actually For

You are aware, of course, of that legendary ancient Irish artifact, the Conical Spearbutt of Navan, yes? No? You’re not? Well, it doesn’t matter, because thanks to to the work of PhD student Billy Ó Foghlú, it’s no longer a conical spearbutt at all. Ó Foghlú was recently wondering why there were no ancient bronze horn mouthpieces in Ireland, even though horns have been found there, and mouthpieces have been found all over Europe. Then he took another look at the spearbutt and realized that it was a mouthpiece masquerading as a spearbutt this whole time.”

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