Published Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Teams working at the site unearthed an early Bronze Age tool known as a scraper, which would have been used to prepare animal hides in the production of clothes or other goods, as well as a piece of decorated pottery believed to have been part of a large burial urn.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the finds move the date of the earliest occupation within the area of the Walled City back thousands of years.
He explained: "The archaeologists are this week now discovering evidence of the settlement created by Sir Henry Docwra in 1600, which predates the Walled City of 1613 onwards.
"Two very exciting discoveries have been made which can now date the first evidence of human occupation within the Walled City area to even earlier.
"Both the finds date to the Early Bronze Age some 4,000 years ago and are the earliest evidence so far uncovered on the Island of Derry."
The dig, which is taking place at a car park adjacent to the City Walls and St Augustine's Church, has previously uncovered human burials from the seventeenth century.
Work has now been extended an extra fortnight until 11 October.
Mr Durkan has invited members of the public to come along to the site and see the excavation during an open viewing this Saturday.
The SDLP minister added: "I welcome the opportunity we are creating here for local people to get involved with their heritage and hope that everyone can come along to the dig open day this Saturday from 10am-3pm."
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