January 2011

Excavation of the garden area of the Deanery at the heart of the Viking triangle of Waterford started in November 2010. The Undercroft was built in the 13th century for the nearby Cathedral and may at one time have been used as a Mint for coin-making.

Finds to date include this 11th century copper alloy ringed pin which was probably used as a cloak fastener as well as many pieces of decorated medieval pottery, a small bone comb and this finely decorated floor tile.

The works are in advance of the construction of a new medieval museum for Waterford City, thanks are due to the City Council for their support.