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23/09/2021

Jobs boost for Naas on pipeline after discovery of medieval tunnel

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Archaeologists are due to start working on  a  newly discovered medieval tunnel believed to be over 1,000 years old within weeks. The tunnel was found, about ten miles outside Naas town, by two archaeologists, Will O'Siorain and Robert Breen, while they were carrying out standard monitoring of topsoil, for ACSU Archaeology. A spokesperson from ACSU Archaeology revealed that about five archaeologists will be employed to work on the new find, within five weeks. The tunnel is remarkably well-preserved, and probably dates between 750 and 1250AD. At Naas the souterrain contains at least three passages, the longest of which measures nearly 9 meters in length. There is also an internal chamber present and this measures circa 5.16 meters long by 1.22 meters wide by 1.70 meters high. The tunnel was most likely utilised as places of refuge during times of trouble. In addition, it could  also have been used for storing valuables and perishable food stuffs.      

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