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H 205 x W 290 mm

290 pages

313 figures (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275710

Digital: 9781803275727

DOI 10.32028/9781803275710

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Isle of Man; Manx; Cistercian Monastery; Excavations; Early Medieval Cemetery

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A Hundred Years of Research and Excavation

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Rushen Abbey was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1134 and suppressed in 1540. It was the most important religious institution on the Isle of Man wielding significant secular power as well as ecclesiastical authority. This book aims to provide a synthesis of all the available evidence for Rushen Abbey under one cover.



Chapter 1: Preface

Chapter 2: The history of Rushen Abbey and archaeological excavation

Chapter 3: Excavations from 1998 to 2008: the results

Chapter 4: The cemeteries

Chapter 5: Daily life at Rushen Abbey 1470 to 1540

Chapter 6: The monastic estates

Chapter 7: New insights into Manx Christianity, monasticism, material culture and history

Chapter 8: Future research

Appendix 1: The abbots of Rushen

Appendix 2: The coin evidence

Appendix 3: List of carbon dates

Appendix 4: List of MNH accession numbers for finds from Rushen Abbey


About the Author

Peter Davey is an archaeologist with a special interest in the medieval and early modern periods in north-western Europe and a 40-year involvement with the Isle of Man. As Director of the multi-disciplinary Centre for Manx Studies between 1992 and 2007 he led the excavation team at Rushen Abbey from 1998 to his retirement. He obtained his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 1990.