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Viking Artefacts Unearthed In Cork Set To Go On Public Display

A wealth of artefacts from the Viking era revealing details of Cork City’s origins are set to be displayed to the public from tomorrow (Friday, May 25th) right throughout the summer.

The Below Our Feet exhibition at Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald’s Park will display:

  • Evidence of the earliest urban layout recorded of Cork dated to 1070 AD,
  • The foundations of 19 wooden Viking Age houses from the 11th and 12th century,
  • Three stone walls and a door way of St Laurence’s Church understood to be from the 13th century,
  • A perfectly preserved 1,000-year-old weaver’s sword featuring a carved human face,
  • A collection of spoons, ladles and buckets as well as a wooden thread-winder with the design of two horses’ heads carved into it.

The artefacts were unearthed during BAM’s major development of the former Beamish & Crawford site in Cork city centre.

Between November 2016 and March 2018 an excavation was undertaken by the renowned archaeologist Dr Maurice Hurley and his team on what is now the site of the Cork Events Centre and new student accommodation at South Main Street.

As it was not possible to allow the public on site during excavation, BAM has funded the exhibition in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork Public Museum and University College Cork.

The discoveries have yielded fascinating detail of the city’s origins, positioning Cork as one of the earliest Viking settlements in Ireland.

On the discovery Dr Maurice Hurley said:

“The preservation of a great variety of wooden structures and objects of the late Viking age has been the greatest reward and cultural gain from the excavation in the medieval levels of Cork City. I hope the exhibition will be to the enjoyment of scholars and residents of Cork fascinated by the Viking era.”

Theo Cullinane, CEO of BAM Ireland said:

“The discovery of artefacts at our development at the former Beamish & Crawford site gives a flavour of life and society of Viking era Cork and the historical importance the city played during this age. Cork is of huge importance to BAM – we are honoured to have played a central role in developing the modern city and now also helping to reveal a hidden chapter of its past.”

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