The new Lidl store gives customers an insight into Dublin’s past

Shoppers in a new Lidl store in Dublin get a unique glimpse into the city’s medieval past.

The remains of an 11th-century house are clearly visible under a section of glass of the floor of the shop on Aungier Street in the city center.

The sunken bottom structure was discovered during excavations near Dublin Castle.

“It’s a unique structure for Dublin,” said Paul Duffy of IAC Archeology.

“I’m sure it worked so many things. As a house or as an additional room for the family. It’s a domestic structure so you’d have to imagine that there was a suburb of Hiberno-Norse Dubliners who were actually the ancestors of the Vikings, ”he added.

The remains of an 11th century house can be seen under a glass section of the store’s floor.

A similar pane of glass near the store’s tills shows an 18th century “pit trap” associated with the stage work of the former Aungier Street Theater.

“It was the device that was used when an actor was going up and down and magically appearing on stage.

“We were delighted that such an important part of the theater was found, recognized and now presented to the public. I think it’s really fantastic that Lidl is exhibiting it right in front of their cash registers, ”said Linzi Simpson, consulting archaeologist on the project.

Notice boards and artwork interpreting the remains will also be displayed throughout the new store.

The 11th century building was built by the Hiberno-Nordic residents of Dublin who were ancestors of the Vikings. (Image: Matthew Ryan)

“Lidl has over 10,000 stores all over the world. But that’s something very unique and really makes archeology accessible to the public, ”said Vincent Cronnolly of Lidl Ireland.

Among the work areas of the new building are the foundations of the medieval parish church of Saint Peter, which served Dublin parishioners from around 1050 to around 1650.

“Hopefully this project will raise the bar for the treatment of the city’s archaeological heritage. All sides acted very cooperatively.

“I think we need to challenge the Celtic tiger’s approach of building a hoard, digging a site, and then building a development,” said Dublin City archaeologist Dr. Ruth Johnson.

Archaeologist Paul Duffy at work under the glass floor of the Aungier Street store.

Paul Duffy considered the unique glass case for the 11th century house and said, “I’m waiting for the Dubliners to come up with a name for this thing. It will have its own Dublin nickname, like the ‘stiletto in the ghetto’. for The Spire. But it will be part of city life and the history of Dublin. ”

According to Lidl, 24 employees will be employed in the 3 million euro store that opens tomorrow.

The rest of the development includes student accommodation.

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