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Northern Ireland's Crannog Dig Extended

Monday, March 18, 2013

timber-construction-showing-layersBELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND—The government has given a new extension to the archaeologists excavating a dense medieval island settlement, or crannog, that sits in the way of road construction. The team will now have until April 15 to continue excavations, which have revealed that the crannog was occupied for far longer than archaeologists had initially supposed. "There is the possibility that hundreds of years of history could still be uncovered," says project archaeologist Jean O'Dowd. For ARCHAEOLOGY's previous coverage of the public effort to support the extraordinary crannog excavation, click here.