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Abbeytown Harbour Project

A West Cumbria Archaeological Society Heritage Lottery Funded project, we will be concentrating on the fields to the south of the Abbey, focusing in the river edge area where we found the sandstone pier in the 2016 excavation.

This page will include galleries on our progress during the project, whether it be excavations, surveying or workshops, as well as updates on the work we will be doing and what we have discovered. We value any time volunteers can give us, so whether you would like to get involved in the excavations, or any of the post excavations workshops, or everything we will be offering through this project, then please contact us for more information.

From the 8th – 19th October 2018, we welcome volunteers who can spend any time with us over the 2 week excavation and any post excavation work we can set up on site. For this season, we will be working on the higher ground in the field to the south, close to the red barn. We will be targeting geophysical survey anomalies around the tree area, opening up a large trench which will be ready for volunteers on the 8th October to start working in.

Next seasons excavation will take place in Spring 2019, where we will go to the area next to the pier site, looking at geophysical anomalies that appear to sit on what was the river’s edge. This will be a 3 week excavation, and again volunteers will be welcome.

On both excavations we will be offering training in excavation techniques, recording (context sheets, drawing plans and sections, photographing features, recording “small” finds (finds of significance) and trench planning), environmental sampling and, if we can get set up, finds washing and the start of the post excavation process. Site visitors are also welcome to come and talk to us about the site and the work we have done over the years.

During the year long project, we will also be offering post excavation workshops and day trips out to visit other monastery sites. We will fill this page with a gallery as and when work is done, so you can see our activities.