A look back at the excavation works at Wood Quay and what the archaeologists discovered on the site.

This programme follows archaeologists in their work of uncovering the past and shows the method of excavation used at Wood Quay.

The programme looks at: the legacy of the site at Wood Quay; the popular protests of 1978; the excavations carried out there by the National Museum of Ireland. The excavation process is described in detail and examples of interesting finds unveiled. 

The excavations were led by Limerick man, Dr. Patrick Wallace, and at times involved over a hundred workers. Described as "a controlled process of destruction" the excavations took the form of an 'open plan' approach, which means uncovering each level across the site, allowing the ancient topography to govern the pace and layout of the excavation. This method also allows for each find to be viewed in the context of other finds also discovered at the same level, or period.

Pieces of ships on boats, hammers, clothing, ornaments, carvings, and coins. The style of decoration gives a good indication of the date of various levels in the excavation. While the dig may now be over, researching the findings will continue for years. Excavations are not about uncovering hidden treasures but rather about piecing together a picture of life at the time.

13 successive building levels, each consisting of up to 14 plots were uncovered at Fishamble Street. 

This episode of 'Viking Dublin' provides an insight into the work of the archaeologists and the discoveries they made on the site at Wood Quay.