From: David Beard [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 13 February 2004 09:43
Today's Irish Examiner carries the story of the discovery of a Viking period
settlement in Cork.
You can find a link to the full story on the Archaeology in Europe weblog at
www.archaeology.eu.com/weblog but you will have to register with the Irish
Examiner (it's free) before you can read the story!
The major facts are given below:
The first and earliest known proof of extensive Viking settlement in Cork
was uncovered in the heart of the city yesterday.
The 1,000-year-old remains of a rectangular Viking house just off the city's
South Main Street and close to the River Lee, prove conclusively that
Vikings sailed up the Lee sometime in the 11th century to settled here.
Patrick Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland, and the man who
directed the Wood Quay excavation in Dublin, visited the site last week and
confirmed the houses to be Viking Type 1.
"The site, while smaller, is comparable to Waterford and Dublin Viking
sites. Not as much has been dug here, the preservation is not as dramatic,
and the dating is a little later, but it there or thereabouts," he (Maurice
The riverbank Viking site uncovered yesterday is close to the South Gate
Bridge, under which the remains of a 16th century city jail were found a few
years ago. And just over the bridge, a Viking track was discovered four
years ago as the Flying Enterprise bar's refurbishment project got under
way. Archaeologist Deborah Sutton, also of Sheila Lane Archaeologists, and
who is working on part of the new site, excavated the project and dated the
track to 1085 AD.