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Atlas Obscura Aungier Street Lidl Archaeology

Constructed into the floor of this Dublin branch of Lidl, in the shadow of the ancient Dublin Castle, is a series of glass panels that showcase a long-hidden history. One of these museum-like glass panels reveals the archeological remains of a structure constructed almost 1,000 years ago. Dating to around 1070, the structure was dug into the ground lined with local limestone and planks, and was then sheltered by a thatch roof.

Archeological evidence showed that the structure was used for approximately 100 years, with small alterations following a fire. It also contained a gully-fed cistern. It’s likely the work of Hiberno-Norse Dubliners and the first such find of its kind in the city. Based upon its size, the small space was likely used for storage rather than a home.

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