Tuesday 17 September 2013

17th-century bones found in Derry church dig

Archaeological excavations beside St Augustine's church in Derry City have unearthed what is believed to be three sets of human remains dating to the 17th Century.

The dig, organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Derry City Council: Museum and Heritage Service and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University Belfast, is uncovering evidence of Derry’s development from the post-medieval period and possibly earlier.

The work is being undertaken at a car park adjacent to the City Walls and St Augustine’s Church.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: 'Today’s find of three sets of human remains will hopefully shed a light on what existed at this important site many centuries ago.

'Archaeological excavations are an important way of shaping our understanding of the past and give a valuable insight into our fascinating history for locals and tourists alike.

'I look forward to hearing of the history of this find in addition to other hidden gems which will be uncovered in the remaining weeks of the dig.'

The dig will continue until Friday 27 September with an open day planned for Saturday 28th. You can follow the dig on a dedicated website: Legenderrydigs, and if you fancy volunteering, you should contact Derry City Council: Museum and Heritage Service for more information.