A graveyard dating back to the 7th century has been discovered just of Dublin. The site was uncovered as part of construction on an underground electrical line in the village of Rush by Eirgrid, Ireland’s state-owned electric power transmission operator.
The burial site was discovered in June and tests conducted at Queen’s University, Belfast date the graveyard to between 617 to 675 AD, the pre-Viking era which saw the conversion of the country to Christianity.
John Fitzgerald, project director with Eirgrid, said: “It is an interesting historical discovery for the project, local archaeologists and the local community. We are working with Fingal County Council and the National Monuments Service, and will provide more detailed information to the public about the archaeological site as soon as we know more.”
Gerry Clabby, the heritage officer for Fingal County Council said, “This discovery at Rush appears to be from the early Christian period. Every discovery from this period adds to our knowledge and understanding of what life was like over 1,400 years ago in Fingal. There have been a number of similar discoveries of previously unknown archaeological sites in Fingal in recent years.”