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£800 panel to be placed on Larne promenade to mark burial site of Viking warrior

A Viking burial site at Larne Promenade looks set to be officially recognised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Signage is to be put in place to mark the location where a Viking warrior was buried.

The discovery was made in 1840 by workers constructing a tramway along the Antrim Coast. Read more

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A skeleton and “grave goods” were uncovered. These included the remains of an antler comb, a ring pi, part of a spearhead and a sword.

Larne Promenade

Councillors were told that research has been carried out by Antrim County Archaeological Society which has identified Larne Promenade as a Viking burial site using historical records, maps, industrial heritage, local newspapers and local knowledge.

The council’s Borough Growth Committee, which will meet on Monday evening, was also informed in an officer’s report: “This is a highly significant local discovery with some of the artefacts found currently held by the Ulster Museum and Trinity College, Dublin.

“In order to acknowledge the find and provide visitors with historical information relating to it, it is proposed that an information panel be designed and erected at or close to the site of the burial find.”

The cost of installation of a graphic panel is approximately £825.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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