Friday 6 May 2011

Builders find Viking settlement in capital

A VIKING settlement has been uncovered in the heart of Dublin city centre.

Archaeologists uncovered the settlement on what was once an island in Temple Bar. It consists of two Viking homes and was found during excavations that started two weeks ago.

The find was made when work began to construct four retractable umbrellas at Meeting House Square to be used as shelter during outdoor events.

The settlement is believed to have been built on an island in the River Poddle, a small medieval river that ran through the area, in the 10th or 11th century before it was destroyed by floods.

A number of pottery artefacts from a later date have also been discovered.

events planned in celebration of Temple Bar's upcoming 20th anniversary on July 15-24 have now been moved to other spaces.

Irish Independent

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