Strangford Lough dig unearths medieval shopping mall trade
A dig at Dunnyneil Island in Strangford Lough has unearthed a seventh century equivalent to a modern day shopping mall.
The excavation has revealed a medieval trading emporium frequented by merchants from as far as modern day Russia, Germany, Iceland and France.
The quantity of a particular type of pottery found at the island is evidence that luxury goods were imported in some quantity from the continent, suggesting that the Kingdom of Ulster was quite wealthy.
Dr Philip MacDonald, who led the dig on Dunnyneil, told the BBC that merchants would have brought wine and other luxury products to Ireland to exchange at emporia for furs, seal skin, slaves and famed Irish wolfhounds.