Viking artefacts at Beamish site won’t delay construction

Viking artefacts at Beamish site won’t delay construction
A 1,000-year-old, perfectly preserved Viking sword has been discovered by archaeologists at the former Beamish and Crawford brewery.

THE archaeological discoveries made on the former Beamish brewery site will not cause any delay to the construction of a future Events Centre, senior officials in City Hall have said.

The remains of a 12th-century church and a home dating to 1,070 AD along with other small items were discovered on the site during recent excavations.

It has led to calls for the remains and artefacts to be preserved with concern that this would add further delays to the project.

However, the Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council Pat Ledwidge said the discoveries would not delay the construction of the planned events centre which is awaiting a further Government decision on State funding.

"I don't believe the discovery will delay the project," he said. "It was a very professional excavation and we now know what's there."

Bam has begun building student apartments on one section of the Beamish site. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Bam has begun building student apartments on one section of the Beamish site. Picture: Jim Coughlan

"The archaeological report will be discussed at the next full Council meeting and we will then respond to the developers about how the discoveries can be safeguarded."

According to the report, the foundations of St Laurence's Church, dating back to 1120AD, were discovered in Zone C, where the Events Centre is to be built.

However, the report states that it may be difficult to display the remains as part of the development due to unfavourable tidal and environmental conditions.

It is hoped that smaller artefacts including a weaver’s sword and a saddle pommel could be put on display in the Cork Public Museum this summer.

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