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RTE News feature Meeting House Square archaeological dig

Meeting House Square here in Temple Bar closed in January of this year to facilitate the construction of a retractable canopy. We’ve posted details of this project on our site here.

Earlier this morning we were delighted to welcome RTE’s Sharon Tobin who interviewed Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s CEO Dermot McLaughlin and Director of Excavations Alan Hayden.

From the most recent work carried out by the team of twelve archaeologists, it looks as if Vikings may have settled in this area  on what previously was an island in the River Poddle.

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Archaeologists have uncovered a possible Viking settlement, on what was once an island in Dublin’s Temple Bar.
The remains of two Viking homes were found during excavations at Meeting House Square in advance of building work at the site. It is believed the settlement was built on an island in the River Poddle in the 10th or 11th century before it was destroyed by flood waters.

A number of pottery artefacts from a later date have also been discovered during the dig, which began two weeks ago. Four large retractable umbrellas are to be built at the site.
The dig is expected to last six weeks.

A number of events planned in celebration of Temple Bar’s 20th anniversary have been moved to other spaces in Temple Bar. Viking settlements have also been discovered further up the River Liffey.

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