Thursday, August 05, 2010

Archaeologists work on Medieval site on Isle of Man

An archaeological dig under way at Ballacraine is expected to shed more light on life in the Isle of Man in the Dark Ages. A team of students and volunteers are excavating a settlement that dates back at least to the 7th century, before the Vikings invaded.

They are completing a dig begun in the 1970s and early 80s by archaeologist Peter Gelling, who sadly died before he could finish the project.

The resumed excavation is being conducted by the Centre for Manx Studies, part of the University of Liverpool, and is a truly international exercise involving students and volunteers from the Island, the UK and as far afield as American and Canada. Many finds were unearthed in the earlier dig but more have been found in the three weeks that the archaeologists have been on site.

Click here to read the article from Isle of Man Today

See also a related article from BBC News