Published Friday, 17 June 2011
Dunluce was a major town, beside Dunluce Castle, in 1603. However, it was razed to the ground during the Irish rebellion in 1641.
The town was abandoned, which means it has remained as a perfectly reserved site, which archaeologists have been examining recently.
Even though a roadway, parts of homes, pottery and jewellery have been found, 95% of Dunluce town is yet to be discovered.
"The history attached to this dig is overwhelming," said Environment Minister Alex Attwood.
"Here we have a very significant town in Ulster, emerging at the time of the Ulster plantation in the early 1600s, then attacked and abandoned in 1641. Yet only now are we discovering what it was like to live in the lost town of Dunluce all those years ago."
An excavation of the site will continue until 1 July.
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