A large scale archaeological dig undertaken by the National Museum of Ireland reveals the original Dublin.

The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) began an extensive excavation of the High Street area of Dublin, which lasted for three years. 

Work carried out in 1968 uncovered the remains of and posts of wattle houses as well as numerous objects including leather shoes and boots, bone articles, metalwork, pottery, coins, and animal bones.

We now know that the original Dubliners, Norsemen, were lads who liked a game of dice, played chess, ate bacon, had a thriving shoe and comb making industry and were especially fond of oysters.

Excavation director Breandán Ó Riordáin of the NMI displays some of the most interesting objects unearthed at High Street. Two of the finds originate from Rome, a pilgrim badge from the early 13th century and a lead seal of Pope Innocent who reigned from 1198-1216.

The finds are important as they assist understanding of the daily life and arts and crafts of the Dublin citizen of the past.

In many ways they were more or less like working people of today.

The objects provide a much better idea of what life was like and

Makes history all the more interesting.

The finds will go to the National Museum of Ireland and the site will be covered up for the winter period. At least another season of excavations is planned.

A 'Newsbeat' report broadcast on 30 October 1968. The reporter is Michael Ryan.