Significant 12th century medieval terrace discovered during excavations in inner-city Dublin
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Significant 12th century medieval terrace discovered during excavations in inner-city Dublin

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered a 12th-century medieval terrace while excavating a hotel site in Dublin.

The remains of nine post-and-wattle structures from the 12th century were found in a dig at Dean Street in the Coombe.

The archaeologists have described the discovery as “incredibly significant”.

The dig has been taking place at the site of the construction of a 234-bed hotel.

As well as the post-and-wattle structures, a variety of artefacts have also been discovered, including a well-preserved drawing on slate that shows a man riding a horse.

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Also discovered was medieval pottery, a 13th century silver coin and part of a bronze weighing scales.

The five dwellings and four outhouses were located outside the ancient city walls of Dublin.

The Hodson Bay hotel group who own the site have said that the discovery will now be reflected in the design of the “guest experience of the hotel”.

Hodson Bay director Johnny O’Sullivan told RTE News: “We are partnering with an international brand on this development. Our goal will be to take this compelling story and bring it to life for visitors”.

One of the archaeologists who made the discovery remarked on the significance of the find.

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“You could go your whole career and not work on a site as extraordinary as this one.

“To get a piece of artwork on slate from the 12th century that’s contemporary with the post and wattle houses is a rare and fantastic find.”

A group of specialists will now conserve and analyse the materials.