Lost Irish town discovered after 370 years

Archeologists have discovered an Irish town razed by the English 370 years ago.

The discovery of the lost town of Dunluce has been hailed as an “archaeologist’s dream,” according to the BBC.

The town, next to Dunluce Castle (above) in County Antrim, was razed to the ground during the 1641 Irish rebellion.

 Dunluce was abandoned, which means it has remained as a perfectly reserved site, according to UTV.

“Even though a roadway, parts of homes, pottery and jewellery have been found, 95 percent of Dunluce town is yet to be discovered,” UTV reported.

The town is believed to have first emerged in the Ulster Plantation around the early 1600s.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood told the BBC said that the history attached to the dig was “overwhelming.”

“I am fascinated by the homes, the streetscape and trying to imagine just what it was like living here,” he said.

The Irish Rebellion of 1641 was an attempt by the Irish Catholic gentry to seize control of the English administration in Ireland in a bid to force concessions to Catholics. The effort failed and the revolt devolved into an ethnic conflict between native Irish Catholics, and English and Scottish Protestant settlers.

The rebellion broke out in October 1641 and was followed by several months of chaos before the Irish Catholic upper classes and clergy formed the Catholic Confederation in the summer of 1642.

The Confederation became a de facto government of most of Ireland, free from the control of the English administration, according to Wikipedia.

The subsequent war continued in Ireland until the 1650s, when Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army decisively defeated the Irish Catholics and Royalists, and re-conquered the country.

(HT: A Blog About History)


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