Wednesday 7 December 2016

Workers stumble across eighth-century underground passage in Kerry

Published 03/04/2015 | 18:06

Photo: NRA/James Eogan
Photo: NRA/James Eogan

Archaeologists have stumbled across an eighth century underground passage in Kerry while roadworks were being carried out.

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The passage, which is being described as a significant archaeological find, was found by a digger when a ditch was moved during roadworks on the N71 Kenmare to Bonane Road.

Senior archaeologist with the National Roads Authority, James Eogan told Radio Kerry that the souterrain was likely used for storage of food or as a temporary refuge.

“The roadworks literally only clipped the very end of it,” he said.

“The chambers and passages extend away from where we’re undertaking the road construction project. So that means that the site won’t need to be excavated. It can be preserved in situ,” he told Radio Kerry.

The souterrain was being assessed by an archaeological team but it won’t be accessible to the public.

“It won’t be accessible... It’s not the sort of site you could bring people to show them because it’s fairly small and hazardous enough.”

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