Archaeologists Hail ‘Remarkable’ Discovery At Fountains Abbey


Fountains Abbey


Story from Stray FM.


Archaeologists have uncovered the graves of more than 500 Cistercian monks on the site of Fountain’s Abbey.

Experts have used ground-penetrating radar to make the find at the World Heritage Site near Ripon.

The technology reveals the location of the monks’ cemetery and new evidence of their burial rituals.

The abbey at the site just outside Ripon existed from the early 12th century to its closure in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The conservation charity has been working for over two years on a project with experts from the University of Bradford, Geoscan Research, and Mala Geoscience to research the largest monastic ruins in the country.

Geophysical techniques and ground penetrating radar have formed part of a major research project, adding new details about the life of the monastic community and their burial rituals.


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