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Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2006, 13:38 GMT 14:38 UK
Manx abbey dig unearths courtyard
Rushen Abbey dig
Volunteers and heritage staff have been working at the abbey
An archaeological dig at a historic abbey on the Isle of Man has uncovered remains dating back to the 16th Century, experts say.

Centre for Manx Studies staff and volunteers have helped Manx National Heritage (MNH) uncover more of the history of Rushen Abbey, Ballasalla.

A courtyard has been discovered, with buildings around the outside.

Allison Fox, curator for archaeology for MNH, said visitors from as far as America has been to see their work.

She added: "We went in to this excavation season with the intention to clarify the relationship of what we thought could be four of five additional buildings. But, as ever, the dig has revealed some surprises.

"We may actually have uncovered a large courtyard near the centre of the Abbey complex, with buildings around the outside.

"The size of the space inside the walls is bigger than most of the other buildings on the site, so it would have been difficult to roof, hence the interpretation as a courtyard."




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