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National Archeaology Day 11 July 2005

    With the annual archaeological excavations now well underway, Manx National Heritage will be celebrating National Archaeology Day with a special event at Rushen Abbey on Sunday 17th July 2005.

    In addition to talks about the excavations from Friends of Manx National Heritage, there will be some other, rather special, activities taking place at Rushen Abbey throughout the day.

    Manx National Heritage Curator for Archaeology, Allison Fox said:

    “Archaeology is all about revealing and interpreting our past and events such as National Archaeology Day give us a chance to do something a little different at Manx National Heritage sites. Of course, there are the excavations to find out about and the permanent interactive activities at Rushen Abbey will also be available – children (and adults) will be able to have a go at digging in a simulated excavation area, learn about environmental archaeology and try to build a medieval arch. In addition to this, we have some special talks and demonstrations to really bring the place to life”.

    Rushen AbbeyVisitors to National Archaeology Day at Rushen Abbey will be able to find out about the ongoing building conservation programme and how we’ve used the latest in modern technology to help plan the programme. There will be talks and demonstrations in the medieval gardens about all the lotions and potions that would have been available to the medieval monks; and for those who want to get to grips with some real archaeology, there will be opportunities to help the archaeologists with cleaning the finds from the excavations.

    As a special attraction to National Archaeology Day, there will also be some ghostly goings-on at Rushen Abbey throughout the day.

    Allison Fox continued:

    "Although Rushen Abbey is now a very peaceful place, it wasn’t always like that, especially in medieval times. We’re hoping that visitors on the day will be able to become detectives, follow the clues and solve a murder mystery. And, with all the activity going on at the Abbey, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if one of the medieval monks decided to come back and see what was happening!”

    National Archaeology day at Rushen Abbey is part of National Archaeology Week, a nationwide event in the UK. The day starts at 10am until 4pm with Friends of Manx National Heritage selling light refreshments throughout the day.

    Rushen Abbey is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open throughout the summer until October 2005.

    11th July 2005

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