Peel Castle excavations

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Peel Castle excavations

Postby Julia » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:56 pm

I have found the following excerpt from "The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland" By Katherine Holman:

"At Peel Castle on St Patrick's Isle, a tenth-century pagan cemetery, closely associated with a pre-existing Christian cemetery, was excavated in the 1980s. All but one of these pagan burials contained the bodies and grave-goods of men. Just one pagan female burial has been found on the Isle of Man (in the cemetery at Peel), although this is admittedly the richest female frave from this period in the whole of the British Isles, containing an iron cooking spit, a spectacular necklace of amber and glass beads, two knives, shears for cutting cloth, a bone comb, a work box containing needles and beads, a feather pillow, a pendant with a fossil ammonite and a tiny mortan and pestle"

Does anyone know where these finds are currently kept or if there are any photos floating about of the finds?



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Re: Peel Castle excavations

Postby Ulfar » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:07 pm

It would appear that the necklace is on display in the Manx Museum in Douglas, Isle of Man, along with other items from the grave.

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