Hundreds of artefacts unearthed during one of the most significant archaeological digs in Ireland will go on display for the first time tonight.
Medieval bone combs, finely decorated metal dress pins and a weaving tablet discovered during excavation of the Drumclay Crannóg in Enniskillen have been collated for an exhibition in the Co Fermanagh town.
A 600-year-old human body, pieces of a medieval board game, leather shoes, knives, wooden vessels and a bowl with a cross carved on its base were also found inside the flattened wooden homes, whose site has now been covered by a controversial new link road. Read more.
A Fermanagh bog is revealing how our ancient farming ancestors were far more sophisticated than we could ever have imagined.
Archaeologists have hit the jackpot with the first crannog to have been dug up in Northern Ireland in 50 years — saying the internationally important find is rewriting our understanding of Ulster’s history.
Normally the approach taken is to avoid disturbing crannogs, but this one at Drumclay on the outskirts of Enniskillen lay in the path of the Cherrymount Link bypass and will eventually vanish beneath the Tarmac.
But since the summer a small army of archaeologists has been busy trying to extract as much information as possible from what is proving to be one of the most significant crannogs ever uncovered in Ireland. Read more.
Pieces of a medieval board game and 1,000-year-old combs are among rare artefacts uncovered during an archaeological dig that is set to rewrite the history books.
Experts have hailed the finds in Co Fermanagh as internationally significant, claiming they shed new light on life in medieval Ireland and its connection with the wider world.
Iron, bronze and bone ornaments have been discovered at the crannog just outside Enniskillen, along with the chess-like pieces believed to have been part of the game. Parts of log boats, leather shoes, knives, decorated dress pins, wooden vessels and a bowl with a cross carved on its base were also unearthed during the six-month dig.
The style and design of the antler and bone combs suggest influences from northern Europe and indicate that the Fermanagh settlement had international links 1,000 years ago. Read more.
A fine tooth comb is among treasures uncovered at an excavation site near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
Arrow heads, pottery and ancient human remains have been found at the crannog - a kind of artificial island - that could date back more than 1,000 years.
The site is being cleared to allow for a new road, but archaeologists have been given some time to glean all they can before the bulldozers move in.
"The Cherrymount link crannog was thought initially to date back to the 14th century but now evidence suggests it went back to early medieval times," said archaeologist Declan Hurl.
"We’ve found human remains. This was a burial elsewhere that had been removed and for some reason brought to this site and re-buried on the crannog. Read more.
Concerns have been raised with the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) and other heritage agencies about the potentially inadequate excavation in advance of the imminent destruction of a crannog site at Drumclay in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, as part of a road-building scheme.
IfA met with archaeologists of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), which has a curatorial role for the site. NIEA explained that the original proposal was for site preservation below the road. However, engineering works elsewhere on the scheme led to a sudden ‘dewatering’ of the bog in which the crannog stood. Initially, road stone was imported to support the collapsing crannog but it was over a year later before archaeological excavation actually took place.
In view of the crannog’s now extremely fragile state, the decision was taken to excavate rather than to seek to preserve the medieval occupation levels (there also appears to be potential for prehistoric activity). Read more.