The Dig is taking place on Thursday 9 May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Meet in front of the Abbey
Holme Cultram Abbey at Abbeytown was the largest monastic house in Cumbria and was founded by Cistercian monks from Melrose Abbey in Scotland. The parish church is all that remains of an extensive complex. A series of excavations has revealed many details about the location and function of these previously lost buildings. The current dig aims to build on discoveries in 2016 when local volunteers working on one of the excavations uncovered a jetty to the south east of the abbey. Vessels travelled in from the Solway Firth on a long filled-in deep water channel using this as a landing stage, possibly during the construction period of the Abbey.
The dig is drawing to an end but you have a last chance to learn about the dig and the discoveries made tomorrow evening at a public workshop where you can join a guided tour of the dig and finds followed by an opportunity to do some hands on archaeology. The event is ideal for families, just come dressed for the weather and getting a little bit dirty!