1,000 years of Cork history unearthed
History buffs are in for a treat tomorrow night with a special lecture focusing on 1,000 years of Cork history discovered under the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site.
The free lecture, open to the public, will take place this Wednesday at the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, starting at 8pm.
Archaeologists Maurice Hurley and Alan Hawkes will outline the recent excavations at South Main Street, the site of a proposed events centre.
Those present will be able to view images of one of the first churches in medieval Cork, and the tools and decorative items used by the then early settlement dwellers from 1070 up to the city’s development through the 19th century.
The event is being organised by the Cork Historical Archaeological Society as part of its winter lecture programme.
After the excitement created by last year’s images of an 11th century Viking sword, the archaeologists will also provide reports of the full excavation of the former brewery.
Some of the many exciting archaeological findings will be presented by former Cork city archaeologist Maurice Hurley and his colleague Alan Hawkes.
Among the key discoveries has been a sequence of streetfronting houses just off Cork’s South Main Street, which show there was a formalised urban layout to the early city by 1070.
The lecture will explain the significance of Cork’s Hiberno-Norse past, through projects already being developed by other significant excavations in the area over the last 15 years.
Further key findings to be outlined will relate to the discovery of a 13th-century structure, believed to have been St Laurence’s Church. This was a Norman-built chapel that may have stood on the site of a private chapel used by the last ruler in Cork before the 12thcentury invaders who reweaver’s placed the Hiberno-Norse people descended from our Viking conquerors.
The excavations also unearthed a wealth of artefacts that will prove extremely valuable in expanding knowledge of early-to-late medieval life in Cork.
The workings of the city’s short-lived glass industry in the late 18th and early 19th centuries will also be better understood as a result of the archaeological research to be outlined by the guest speakers.