23 January 2006

Woodstown Viking treasures to go on display

Irish Examiner

By Neans McSweeney, South-East Correspondent
23 January 2006

TREASURES unearthed during an archaeological dig in Waterford will be on display in the city later this year.
The Save Viking Waterford Action Group warmly welcomed the decision to mount an exhibition of the objects discovered in the 2003 and 2004 digs at Woodstown in Waterford’s Museum of Treasures.

The group is also delighted that the Minister for the Environment’s Working Group is canvassing the opinions of professionals and local archaeological societies as to the best options for the future of Woodstown.

Group chairwoman Dr Catherine Swift said it’s a welcome boost in the run-up to the visit to Waterford next month by Dr Richard Hall, founder of Jorvik and the York Archaeological Trust. He will give a lecture at Waterford Institute of Technology on his experiences in developing heritage tourism.

“These are wonderful developments for Irish archaeology. Crucially important principles are being established.

“For the first time ever, it has been acknowledged that the Irish people should be involved in the discussion about the development of a national monument.

“When the Viking site at Woodstown was discovered, the people of Waterford insisted that they wanted the implications of the site to be investigated; they wanted to be informed about what was being found and they wanted to explore its potential as an asset to both heritage tourism and academic research in the south-east.”

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