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8th century settlement found near Sallins, IR

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A talk will be given tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 22, in Naas Town Hall by archaeologists who, while working the site of the Sallins bypass discovered that there was a settlement a few hundred metres north of the village along the Liffey.

Twenty different discoveries were made in the area, including charcoal-production pits, smelting furnaces, cereal-drying kilns, a brick-kiln, post-medieval roadways, a mill-race, prehistoric cremations and a ceremonial ring-ditch.

But the most significant discovery was that of an early medieval enclosure complex on the banks of the River Liffey, north of Sallins in the townland of Castlesize.

The enclosure is marked by a number of a two metre deep ditch. Noel Dunne, an archaeologist with Transport Infrastructure Ireland will give the talk at 8pm.

 

http://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/266292/archaeologists-discover-8th-century-settlement-near-sallins.html

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This talk will be one of hundreds being given around Ireland this week as part of our annual National Heritage Week. I have given talks in the past myself as part of it. Every local history society in the country will be organising a variety of events this week.

With our usual Irish wit the Sallins locals have named the site where the kilns were excavated the 'Kiln Fields'!

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