Dundrum Castle Dig Unearths Hidden Past

A recent dig at Dundrum Castle in County Down has unearthed new findings on its medieval past.

What is believed to be a medieval lime kiln was excavated during the dig, organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queens University Belfast.

The castle is believed to be around 800 years old, but the site was used for centuries before the stone castle was built.

The lime kiln was likely used when the earliest parts of the castle were being built. It had been partially collapsed and buried during later episodes of activity at the site.

The work follows excavations carried out with Time Team in 2012 and is set to conclude at the end of this week.

A group of students from Queens University Belfast and volunteer members of the Ulster Archaeological Society are participating in the excavation process.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: "Dundrum Castle is in the state care of my Department and, with its magnificent views over Dundrum Bay to the Mourne Mountains, it is a testament to our wonderful Built and Natural heritage.

"New light has been shed on what existed at this important site before the coming of the Normans and adds to our knowledge of this historic site and its development over the centuries.

"It is important that we maximise the opportunity to unveil as much of our rich heritage as possible. This is why such archaeological digs are important and why I opened up the Crannog in Co Fermanagh to the public on several occasions and extended the dig there. The discoveries now being made at Dundrum Castle will further shape our understanding of the past, and enhance the visitor experience at the site."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 November 2021
Integrated Truth Investigation Important Day For Victims And Survivors
The establishment of a new 'integrated truth investigation' on mother and baby institutions and Magdalene Laundries has been described as "an important day for victims and survivors" Ministers have agreed all recommendations in the Truth Recovery Design Panel's report, which focus on delivering truth, acknowledgement and accountability for victims
22 October 2021
'Vitally Important' People Continue To Protect Themselves And Others
As we move into the autumn and winter months, it is vitally important that we all continue to do what we can to make sure we protect ourselves and others from Covid-19, this was the message following the latest Executive meeting.
21 October 2021
Health Minister Welcomes Announcement On COVID-19 Antivirals
The announcement that two new COVID-19 antivirals could be available this winter has been welcomed by Health Minister Robin Swann. The Minister said: "I am delighted by the announcement of two new COVID-19 antivirals.
24 September 2021
New Workforce Appeal To Maintain Important Surgery This Winter
A new Workforce Appeal to help maintain important surgery this winter has been announced by Health Minister Robin Swann.
06 January 2022
Households And Businesses Urged To Check Pipe Insulation
NI Water has called on households and businesses across NI to ensure their pipes are well insulated to protect against the potential damage of burst pipes. Making the call, Des Nevin, NI Water's Director of Customer Operations, said: "We are asking the public to prepare their properties against the effects of freezing temperatures.