December 31, 2012

Archaeology in all the nooks and crannogs

Filed under: Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 9:34 am

Archaeologists race against time to complete excavation

ARCHAEOLOGISTS racing against the clock to excavate an ancient settlement in Co Fermanagh before a road is built on top of it have been granted more time to complete the dig.

Work on the Drumclay crannog in Enniskillen was due to wind up at the end of December to allow the completion of a link road but environment minister Alex Attwood has granted a further three-month extension.

With experts having already credited the site with rewriting the history of early Christian and medieval Ulster, Mr Attwood said: “The excavation is a once in a century opportunity.”

A rescue excavation that is, apparently, being given enough time to do it well.

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