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Vikings Used Boat Timbers to Build Houses in Ireland

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Cork City Council)CORK, IRELAND—The results of the excavation of an eleventh-century Viking settlement in Cork show that the settlers reused the wooden planks from their long-boats to build jetties and houses in a marshy area of the River Lee. Mud and wattle walls, door posts, sections of the bow of a Viking ship, fragments of decorated hair combs, metal artifacts, coins, bronze clothing pins, shoe leather, fish bones and scales, and cat skulls were also recovered in the excavation. “We also found an ax head nearby which showed that they were working the wood for the jetty on site,” archaeologist Ciara Brett told The Irish Examiner. Pottery fragments show that the Vikings imported French wine. To read about a massacre carried out against Vikings in England that occurred around this time see ARCHAEOLOGY's "Vengeance on the Vikings."