In coffeeshops on the Lisburn Road we eat with mobile phones beside our plates: our shiny black talismans. Sixteen-year-old girls lol-ing, hoarding our trove of digital images: text and symbol. Uploading, but less loading up treasure – not to grind an axe – than laying the present moment, heavy and useless, ceremonially in the thick dust of itself. Our lives, bright relics.
For the Exhibition 26 Treasures at the Ulster Museum, October 2011.
The Malone Hoard consists of 16 porcellanite axeheads discovered at Danesfort House on the Malone Road