Irish Supermarket With Medieval Relics On Display Charms Redditors

If you've ever felt the desire to gaze upon historical relics as you shop for groceries, you should hightail it over to the Lidl on Aungier Street in Dublin, Ireland.

There, you'll be treated to the sight of a millennium-old Viking dwelling, courtesy of a clear panel the store managers had installed for the benefit of customers. After photos were shared on Reddit earlier this month, the attraction began to receive "a significant amount of attention" online, according to The Mirror.

So far, the original Reddit post has more than 20,000 upvotes and 200 comments. "During the construction of a supermarket in Dublin, Ireland," it reads, "archaeologists discovered the remains of a 1000-year-old medieval house. Rather than excavate the items and build on top of the site, the store installed glass flooring that provides shoppers with a literal window into history."

The panel depicted in the photo showcases what appears to be the dwelling's foundation, a smooth patch of earth or concrete surrounded by blocks of stone arranged in an oval. The dwelling itself may have been built in an ancient suburb settled by Hiberno-Norse peoples, who were "effectively the ancestors of the Vikings," archaeologist Paul Duffy told RTÉ News.

"I am sure it functioned as many things. As a house, as an extra space for the family," he added.

Redditors were fascinated by the idea of encountering medieval ruins during a routine shopping expedition.

Cracking a joke about the dwelling's former occupants, user @Katesashark wrote, "The ghosts of that house are super confused."

"Yet never hungry," user @AmigoDelDiabla replied.

Many commenters took the opportunity to meditate on the historicity of Dublin and Europe as a whole, even recounting their own experiences with antiquities in the wild.

"This is actually somewhat common. I was at a hotel in Spain that did the same thing in their lobby. They had glass over an ancient bath," user @loopie_lou wrote.

"There are so many places like that in Bulgaria but instead of old houses its remains of Roman Gladiator stadiums," user @This1Redditor wrote.

"Waterford, Ireland here. Our county is the oldest city in the country. We have a lot of these old walls and one condition with building or moving into a business premises in town is that the walls can't be touched. We have a clothes shop (Penney's) and at one point a gay bar with historic walls running right through it," user @kballs wrote.

In addition to the Viking dwelling, the 18th-century Longford Street Arches and the staircase of the 18th-century Aungier Street Theater are on display inside the supermarket, which opened on October 15.

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