City’s earliest dated building revealed

The building pre-dates the walls
The building pre-dates the walls

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan will today reveal details of a building pre-dating the walled city and believed to have been burnt down during the O’Doherty rising of 1608.

The building, only a very small part of which has survived, had stone foundations and a cellar above which the upper floors were constructed of timber.

A collection of artefacts was also unearthed during the dig including musket balls, a small cannon ball, pottery sherds, clay pipes and, a rarity on archaeological excavations, a number of intact wine bottles.