A Bronze Age village is under excavation in a bog on the banks of the River Shannon two miles from Clonmacnoise, County Offaly.

A three thousand year old Bronze Age settlement about the size of a small village.

Archaeologists working on the excavation say it is one of the most exciting finds of its kind. Bog has preservation qualities which keeps buildings and timber materials intact and allows archaeologists to learn how houses were built in the Bronze Age. Each day the wood must be watered to conserve it and allow further investigation.

The site was found by Bord na Mona worker Pat Dooley who tells reporter Gerry Reynolds how he initially identified the site as one of archaeological significance.

Archaeologist Aengus Moloney says this site will allow us to learn more about the day to day activities of the Bronze Age people what type of houses they lived in and what they did from day to day.

Here we have preserved... an intact Bronze Age village.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 August 1991. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.