Dig begins for historical treasures at Carrickfergus Castle
A major archaeological excavation has started at the front of Carrickfergus Castle.
The castle dates back to the 1170s and is one of the most complete examples of Norman architecture in Northern Ireland, and one of the most complete castles of its type in the British Isles.
It has been in state care since 1928, and is now managed by the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities.
The excavation will investigate the ground at the entrance to the castle, where earlier investigations revealed buried structures and artefacts.
Iain Greenway, director of Historic Environment Division, said: "These works are to help inform how we reconnect the castle to the town, with heritage having a lead role in the social and economic prosperity of the whole area."
The excavation project is expected to take up to six weeks.
Public access to the site is expected to be maintained throughout the works.