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Archaeologists continue abbey dig

The Rushen Abbey dig
Artefacts found help to humanise history, the Manx museum says

Archaeologists are returning to Rushen Abbey for the annual excavations at the Island's most important religious site.

Volunteers and archaeologists from the Centre for Manx Studies will continue to try to build a picture of what life was like at the medieval monastery.

Finds of roof tiles and medieval glass have indicated it was carefully dismantled rather than demolished.

Last year the star find was a finely carved bone "ear-scoop" for clearing ear-wax.

Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage, Allison Fox, said: "Slowly but surely we're starting to get more of an insight into how people lived on the site at Rushen Abbey, both when it was a home for the monks and after it was demolished.

"Artefacts really bring home the human element of what we're looking at and humanise our history.

"It's crucial to understand how buildings related to one another, but finds serve to remind us that what we're actually looking for is the story of the people who once occupied the most important religious site on the Island." Excavations will run until the beginning of August.

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