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Update: Two-day extension for Cherrymount site
A two-day extension has been granted by the Department of Regional Development to archeologists working on a site at the new Cherrymount Link.
Initially a 6-week license had been granted to archaeologists, however, it was due to end this morning (Friday).
Former archaeologist Robert Chapple, spoke to the Herald this morning, saying that archaeologists would be missing out on a ‘treasure trove’ of information.
“It is my understanding that less than half the site has been excavated. My fear would be that we’d be missing out on a treasure trove of information and a vast amount of knowledge by burying it under a road.”
He claimed that artifacts including a gold pin, a wooden plate, and early medieval leather work has been found, dating back to the early christian period; the 9th and 10th century.
He added that the site is one that ‘comes around once in a generation’.
Yesterday a spokesperson from the Department of Regional Devolpment (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’.