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17th Century human remains found at Derry archaeological dig

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Archaeological excavations beside a Derry church have unearthed what is believed to be three sets of human remains dating to the 17th Century.

The dig, organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Derry City Council: Museum and Heritage Service and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University Belfast, is uncovering evidence of
Derry’s development from the post-medieval period and possibly earlier.

The work is being undertaken at a car park adjacent to the City Walls and St Augustine’s Church.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Today’s find of three sets of human remains will hopefully shed a light on what existed at this important site many centuries ago.

“Archaeological excavations are an important way of shaping our understanding of the past and give a valuable insight into our fascinating history for locals and tourists alike.

“I look forward to hearing of the history of this find in addition to other hidden gems which will be uncovered in the remaining weeks of the dig.”

Notes to editors:

1. Volunteers are welcome at the dig and should contact Derry City Council: Museum and Heritage Service for more information.
2. Follow the excavation at http://legenderrydigs.blogspot.co.uk/
3. The dig is expected to finish on 27 September 2013 with a family open day planned for 28 September 2013.

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