New Lidl store gives shoppers glimpse of Dublin’s past

Shoppers at a new Lidl store in Dublin will get a unique insight into the city’s medieval past.

The remains of an 11th century house are clearly visible beneath a glass section of the floor of the store on Aungier Street in the city centre.

The sunken-floored structure was discovered during excavations of the site, close to Dublin Castle.

“It is a unique structure for Dublin,” said Paul Duffy from IAC Archaeology.

“I am sure it functioned as many things. As a house or as an extra space for the family.

“It is a domestic structure so you would have to imagine that there would have been a suburb here of Hiberno-Norse Dubliners who were effectively the ancestors of the Vikings,” he added.

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