Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Billown Excavation
Open Day



Started in June/July 1995, the Billown Dig is based on the edge of a limestone quarry. The site dates back to 7500 BC and is excavated as a joint project between Manx National Heritage and the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth University. Using magnetometer surveys a plan was available before digging began. Since then the teams working the dig have been able to trace the history of the site throughout the ages from its start in 7500 BC to more recent times around 1000 BC. They have uncovered flint tools and weapons, arrowheads, pottery and even the foundations of houses.

The Billown Dig Open Days allows the public to learn more about the site. There are guided tours, and many specialists to talk through the more complex areas of the dig. The open day is held on a normal working day. Watch as items are uncovered and on view in the Finds Office. Detailed maps are produced so that every part of the dig can be recorded. There is even an opportunity to help out with the dig in certain sections.


Billown Dig Open Day

Billown Dig Open Day

Billown Dig Open Day

Billown Dig Open Day

Billown Dig Open Day

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