How cool is this?
People shopping at a Lidl supermarket in Dublin can enjoy an interactive history lesson while they pick up their milk and eggs. Underneath the floor of the Aungier Street Lidl is a rare archaeological find. Archaeologists were allowed to excavate an 11thj century home when it was discovered, and fortunately, the store saw that it was in the interest of the public to integrate the find into the design of the store so that shoppers can look inside the home via some strategically placed glass panels. The dwelling is from the post-Viking era and is a "unique structure for Dublin," says Paul Duffy, an archaeological site director.
Duffy added, "We don’t know of anything quite like this in the city." Duffy explains that the space is a domestic structure, and it's believed that it would have been used as an additional area for the family who inhabited it. He says that in that area, there would have been a "suburb" of Hiberno-Norse Dubliners, who were basically the ancestors of the Vikings. Several artifacts were recovered from the dig, and they include an extremely rare 13th-century wine jog. Also, shoppers can look at the remains of an 18th century "pit trap" that was once a part of a theatre.
The store also has lots of information boards that allow people to learn interesting things about Dublin's history, which is quite fascinating. Lidl, Ireland's representative, Vincent Cronolly, says that it's a "very unique opportunity" to stop in and see something that you won't find much of in Dublin, which is a glimpse into the city's medieval roots. A Dublin City archaeologist named Dr. Ruth Johnson said that she hopes it's the "right way to go," allowing modern structures and history to co-exist.
The shop opened up in mid-October. Watch the video below for more information.