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Digging back to the 12th century

Volunteers and professionals are excavating parts of the Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown to try and figure out what life was like for the monks that lived there and for the surrounding area in the 12th century.

They hope to get an idea of what the monks ate and whether they used the land for fishing or other activities.

Amy Dunsmuir went to find out more.

Read about the restoration of the abbey after the fire attack here.

Want to get your hands dirty?

Archeologist at a dig in Abbeytown are calling on more people to get involved.

It's hoped the excavations at Holme Cultram Abbey will reveal more about it's 900 year history.

Naomi Hewitt who works for the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme wants more local people to get involved.

Work is being carried out on the field next to the abbey, Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm.

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Community archeology project underway

An eight week excavation project is under way at a medieval monastery in Cumbria.

Holme Cultram Abbey, Abbeytown is one of the biggest and most important abbeys in the North of England.

Not much is known about it's history, or the monks who lived there, so archeologists hope the dig will shed more light on it's past.

Mark Graham is the lead archeologist:

Dig at abbey hopes to uncover 900 years of history

The dig will continue until 25th July Credit: ITV Border

A dig has begun at an abbey in Abbeytown.

The team are looking for evidence of a dining room and a kitchen plus rubbish to suggest what the monks ate and how they used their surroundings.

It is believed that Holm Cultram Abbey was largest monastic house in Cumberland. Credit: ITV Border

Holm Cultram Abbey was founded by the monks of Melrose in 1150. During the 12th and 13th centuries it was famous for its salt production and export of wool.

It's believed the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538 and the place became derelict.

This was part of ongoing research by the Society into the history and archaeology of the Abbey. Credit: ITV Border

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Duncan Bannatyne says Noah is 'inspirational'

International businessman Duncan Bannatyne has been speaking to ITV Border about 'inspirational' Cumbrian boy, Noah Wall.

Noah, from Abbeytown, was born with spina bifida. Despite doctors warning he was unlikely to survive birth, he has just turned two years old. He's now received a national bravery award.

Duncan Bannatyne with Noah in the Lake District Credit: Wall family photograph

Duncan Bannatyne said: "I met Noah, Shelly and Rob in the Lake District and have been friends ever since, Noah is an inspirational little boy who has fought the odds to survive. I am an Ambassador for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and seeing Noah doing so well is an absolute delight.

Duncan says seeing Noah doing so well is an 'absolute delight'. Credit: Wall family photograph

" I am ecstatic that Noah has won the 'Baby Against All Odds' award from Mother and Baby magazine's and would like to wish Noah, Shelly and Rob a very happy and bright future and long may our friendship last."

He's ecstatic that Noah has won the 'Baby Against All Odds' award. Credit: Wall family photograph

Noah will be appearing on tonight's Lookaround programme on ITV Border from 6pm, showing off his new award.

Miracle boy Noah wins national bravery award

A little boy from our region has been celebrating a very special birthday.

Noah Wall, from Abbeytown, was born with spina bifida - and just two per cent of his brain was working.

Despite doctors warning he was unlikely to survive birth, Noah has just turned two years old.

And it has been another special day for the family, as Noah received a national bravery award.

Finola Miles reports.

An extra special birthday present for Noah Wall - a national award!

Rob, Shelly and Noah celebrate his win at the Mother and Baby awards in London Credit: Wall family

Two year old Noah Wall received a belated birthday present today as he was named Mother and Baby magazine's 'Baby Against All Odds'.

Noah along with his mum Shelly and dad Rob made the journey to the Dorchester in London from their Abbeytown home.

Little Noah has been dubbed a 'miracle' baby by his parents after he was born with just two per cent of his brain working and they were told to plan his funeral before his birth. Despite ongoing health problems he is now a happy smiling little boy.

More than 800,000 people have now visited the web page his mother Shelly set up to share his story.

Her aim has been to raise awareness of spina bifida and what prospective parents can do to decrease the chances of their baby being born with it.

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