Hopes of uncovering history at 900 year old abbey

An abbey that was damaged in an arson attack in 2006 will now undergo excavation work. It's hoped will provide snapshot of what life was really like at the 900 year old abbey.

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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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