Release date: 1st December 2015
Published by:Irish Academic Press
ISBN No: 978 0716533146
The Wood Quay-Fishamble Street archaeological excavations were a constant media story throughout the 1970s and '80s when the threat of official destruction brought thousands of protestors onto the streets of Dublin. The public protests forced the most extensive urban excavations ever undertaken in Europe that yielded more unprecedented data about town layout in Dublin 1000 years ago than about any other European Viking town of the time. Dozens of often near intact building foundations, fences, yards, pathways and quaysides were unearthed in the course of the campaign. Pat Wallace, the chief archaeologist of the excavations, provides a detailed examination of the implications of these discoveries for Viking-Age and Anglo-Norman Dublin by placing them in their national and international contexts. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 colour images, maps, and drawings, this pioneering study draws together all the finds and discusses them in the context of parallel discoveries in Ireland, Britain, Scandinavia and northern Europe.
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