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Hidden Secrets at Rushen Abbey - The 2006 Archaeological Dig 1 June 2006

Another season of archaeological excavations will begin on 12th June at Rushen Abbey. This continues the research work by Manx National Heritage on one of the most important Christian sites on the Island. Excavations have been carried out since 1997 on various areas of the site to help clarify the history of the Abbey and this year, the digging continues near the heart of the Abbey complex.

Allison Fox, Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage, said:Exciting Finds at Rushen Abbey

“The excavation area at the Abbey was covered over at the end of last year’s dig to protect the exposed remains of walls and ancient ground surfaces during the winter. From June 12th, staff from the Centre for Manx Studies, local volunteers and students from the University of Liverpool will be carefully lifting the layers of protective material and then starting the painstaking work of excavating the area near the West Range of the Abbey.

In previous years, we’ve had lots of exciting finds such as Medieval writing implements and French pottery, which show that not only was Rushen Abbey a place of scholarly activity, it was also very much in touch with the outside world, receiving imports of all kinds of goods. The excavation area will be extended this year to help us build up a picture of the relationship between the different buildings and we’re hoping to find much, much more evidence of Medieval life at the Abbey”.

The excavations will run until 25th August and volunteer guides from the Friends of Manx National Heritage will be on site during July to help explain the latest archaeological discoveries.

Rushen Abbey is open from 10.00am until 5.00pm everyday until October and is one of thirteen heritage attractions on the Island portraying the award winning 10,000 year old ‘Story of Mann’.

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