Viking Warrior Found

The remains of a Viking warrior have been discovered at a building site near South Great Georges street.

The site was being excavated by the archaeological firm Margaret Gowen & Co., when the warrior was found. The same company last year found another Viking warrior corpse at Ship Street Great that was less well preserved than this more significant find.

The Viking was buried in a shallow grave with a shield over his chest and a knife lying by its left side. It was thought that this Viking was involved in the ransacking of the nearby monastery.

Only seven individual Viking burial sites have been so far discovered in Dublin, five of which were found during the nineteenth century and were not excavated or recorded. The sixth was the Ship Street discovery. This new burial site was discovered as Gowens were excavating a site that Dunnes Stores plan to develop. Margaret Gowen stated that the grave had been disturbed 'in antiquity' and the legs and sword were missing. This new discovery coupled with the Ship street find gives credence to the theory that the first early settlement of Vikings was in this area around the 'great pool' or Dubh Linn which lies under the gardens behind Dublin Castle.

The Viking, inventively nicknamed 'Eric', has been removed to a secure location for examination.