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Concern for Cherrymount site
Local archaeologists are calling for an extension to the 6-week license that they were granted to explore an archaeological site at the Cherrymount Link outside Enniskillen.
The site is set to be demolished tomorrow (Friday).
Archaeologist Robert Chapple, speaking this morning on BBC’s Good Morning Ulster, described the site as a ‘crannog’ which would have been a ‘high status dwelling site’.
He added that he would be very concerned about if the site were to be destroyed without the archaeologists having had the chance to explore further.
He added that he hopes the situation is understood and that a little more time can be given. Human remains and artifacts including arrowheads were found at the site.
A spokesperson from the Department of Regional Development (DRD) said: “The estimated time period for the excavations was initially 4-6 weeks. Whilst we are now heading towards the end of that period (on Friday), the archaeologists are keen to remain on site for a few more days to conclude their findings. Roads Service are happy to accommodate this’.