Green Vikings

Artifacts unearthed from an 11th century Viking settlement near Cork, Ireland show evidence that the settlers were good at recycling and land reclamation. A new report, Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 by Ciara Brett and Maurice F Hurley, has been published by the Cork City Council.

The report cites the use of wooden planks from old Viking long-boats to build jetties, reclaim land from the sea, and as supports for houses. The document also ends speculation about whether a permanent settlement was located at the site.