Never before had Ireland seen such public outcry on an issue of cultural heritage as was witnessed at Wood Quay. The excavations led to the unearthing of many finds of archaeological and historical significance. Many of these discoveries are now on display at the National Museum of Ireland. The discoveries made at Wood Quay help to build a picture of life in Viking Ireland a thousand years ago.
"In past centuries people relied almost completely on written documents for information about the past. In recent times, however, this source of information has been supplemented by archaeological excavation which by bringing to light the remains of the actual things used by people and of the houses in which they lived, has given us a fuller, more detailed and more vivid picture of their daily life. During the last few years many aspects of life in Dublin during its early period of occupation by Vikings, Irishmen and Normans (between the 9th and 13th centuries) have been brought to light in the course of excavations carried out by the National Museum at High Street and Winetavern Street. These excavations have resulted in the discovery of thousands of objects made and used during these centuries."
(RTÉ Guide, 7 November, 1969, p.9)
The accompanying photograph shows a view of an archaeological dig taking place around Winetavern Street, Christ Church, Dublin on 22 January 1974. 2459/073 © RTÉ Archives
Archaeological finds from Wood Quay found on a dumping ground in Ringsend, Dublin are now on display at the National Museum.
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A Viking sword from the Wood Quay site is found in a Dublin Corporation dumping ground.
Professor F.X. Martin catches Mike Murphy on candid camera during an interview on 'The Mike Murphy Show' about Christ Church and the Wood Quay area of Dublin.
An illustrated history of Wood Quay over a one thousand year period is the subject of a new book by Jonathan Barden and Stephen Conlin.
The first exhibition of the treasures excavated from the controversial Viking site at Wood Quay have gone on display.
The controversial civic offices located at Wood Quay are finally open after years of disputes and protests. 'Evening Extra' visits the Dublin Corporation staff in their new offices.
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A look back at the excavation works at Wood Quay and what the archaeologists discovered on the site.
The legacy of the leader of the 'Save Wood Quay' campaign and chairman of Friends of Medieval Dublin; priest and professor, F.X. Martin.
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