A BOOK covering 9,000 years of human activity in the Lower Suir Valley was launched on Monday night in Waterford City Hall.
The book contains accounts of 60 archaeological excavations undertaken to make way for the bypass in counties Kilkenny and Waterford. It is the eighth archaeological scheme monograph that the National Roads Authority has published.
The book was launched by Dr Maurice Hurley, who carried out extensive excavations in Waterford in the 1980s and 1990s. He reflected on the paradox that if it were not for the construction of the new bypass the discoveries that form the core of the book would not have been made.
“Cois tSiúire – Nine Thousand Years of Human Activity in the Lower Suir Valley is a text book for future generations of Irish archaeologists,” he said.
Waterford Mayor Pat Hayes reflected that these discoveries were not just of academic interest but that objects recovered from the excavations had been displayed in two very popular exhibitions organised by the Waterford Treasures.
Some of the finds from the Woodstown Viking settlement site are now on permanent display the Waterford Treasures at Reginald’s Tower.
The launch was brought to a fitting end by a performance of Cailín ó chois tSiúire me (I am a girl from the Suir-side) by soprano Anna-Marie Doyle accompanied by Maeve O’Callaghan on piano.