Viking discoveries should be incorporated into Events Centre development

Viking discoveries should be incorporated into Events Centre development
A 1,000-year-old, perfectly preserved Viking sword has been discovered by archaeologists at the historic site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city. The wooden weaver’s sword is a little over 30cm in length, made entirely from yew, and features carved human faces typical of the Ringerike style of Viking art, dating it roughly to the late 11th century.

A CITY historian has called for BAM to incorporate elements of Cork's Viking history into designs for the event centre.

It follows a number of significant finds during the archaeological dig at the Beamish & Crawford site on South Main St, including intact ground plans for 19 Viking-age houses and a perfectly preserved, 1,000-year-old Viking sword.

Central hearths and bedding materials were also found in what consultant archaeologist Dr Maurice Hurley described as a find of 'exceptional significance.'

It is likely to prompt renewed interest in Cork's Viking-era heritage, which may of far greater scale than previously thought.

Historian and city councillor Kieran McCarthy has called on BAM to incorporate elements of the Viking heritage of the site into the plans for the event centre.

Mr McCarthy said that the remaining ground plans of the houses could be placed under a glass floor and incorporated into the final architectural plans of the site.

The artefacts emerged after an eight-month archaeological dig, which came to an end in June.

Mr McCarthy said, "It is clear that the archaeologist and his team present have done a super job in excavating and recording the site but more thought needs to be done to showcase the finds.

"This is where the city began its life on the marshy islands."

The Independent councillor said that important steps must be taken to preserve and acknowledge the history of the site to avoid mistakes that have happened in similar developments elsewhere in Ireland.

He said, "We saw in the 1970s what happened in Dublin on Wood Quay, whereby material was excavated but ultimately buried over; and it is still a regret by the academic community in Dublin.

"Very successful models of incorporating Viking Ages timbers can be seen under glass floors in the Jorvik Viking Centre in York in England and across Europe on other heritage centres."

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