Announcing our 2017 dig!

Author: Rachel and Chris

We are very excited to reveal that we will be digging a prehistoric burial site on the island this July! We’ve been working hard since January to gain the necessary permissions, support, and funding to excavate and we are really pleased to say our hard work has paid off!

From July 2nd-15th we will be excavating a prehistoric burial site in the west of the island just outside Kirk Michael. The site – Cronk Guckley – consists of what we believe to be three Bronze Age burial mounds. We say believe as we can’t be certain until we’ve taken a trowel to them! The three mounds are located on the crest of a hill, with spectacular views across the coast and out to Ireland. We carried out geophysical surveys at the site last autumn and will be excavating one of the mounds. Watch out for a blog post later this week on how we identified the site and what our research so far has revealed.

3D scanning at Cronk Guckley. Image: Chris.

We are bringing a small team of archaeologists from Newcastle University to the island who will take part in the excavation as part of their degree studies. We are also very pleased to be welcoming local volunteers on the dig. Contact us for more details.

Ground Penetrating Radar at Cronk Guckley. Image: Rachel

The landowners and farmer at the site have been generous in granting their permission for us to dig and supporting the project – we are very grateful for this generosity. The dig is being supported by Manx National Heritage, and we are proud to be continuing to work with MNH on this project. We are also receiving support from the Isle of Man Steam Packet who are providing assistance with the costs of transporting the team and our equipment to the island. The dig would not be possible without all of this support and we want to extend our sincere thanks for it.


Basic CMYK

Would you like to come and see the excavations?

We will be running free site tours of the excavation at 3.30pm on Monday 3rd July; Tuesday 4th July; Thursday 6th; Friday 7th; Saturday 8th; Sunday 9th; Wednesday 12th; Thursday 13th;  Friday 14th July. The site is up a hill so you will need to be able to make a short, but steep walk up hill to get to the dig. Booking a site tour is essential as the number of places on the tours are strictly limited and you will not be allowed on site without a booking: to find out more and book a slot please email

Are you a teacher?

We are going to be running hands-on activity sessions in classrooms for primary schools. The sessions will tell the students a little about the dig and the site and give them a chance to have a go at being an archaeologist. For more information please email

Keep Reading!

If you can’t make it to the site then keep reading! We will be blogging about the dig over the coming weeks. We are planning lots of blogs from different members of the team that will give you details of the dig, how it progressed and what we found. Our aim is to give you a sense of the process behind carrying out an archaeological dig as well as what we found.


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