School Trip Archaeolgy on the – Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has an old and varied past. Beginning with the hunters and gatherers of the Mesolithic period and through the New Stone Age.  The first residents lived in small natural shelters, hunting, gathering and fishing for their food. They used small tools made of flint or bone, examples of which have been found near the coast

The Neolithic Period on th isle of man marked the coming of knowledge of farming, improved stone tools and pottery. It was during this period that megalithic monuments began to appear around the island. Examples are found at Cashtal yn Ard near Maughold, King Orry’s Grave in Laxey, Meayll Circle near Cregneash, and Ballaharra Stones in St John’s. The Megaliths were not the only culture during this time; there were also the local Ronaldsway and Bann cultures.

During the Bronze Age on the isle of man large communal tombs of the Megaliths were replaced with smaller burial mounds. Bodies were put in stone lined graves along with ornamental containers. The Bronze Age burial mounds created long lasting markers about the inner countryside on the isle of Man.  Soon after, Christianity hit the Manx shores, changing many of its old beliefs. The Vikings followed bringing new ways of living as they settled on the island with the Celts. The people of the Isle of Man would be ruled by Norse the English and Scots, living through times of war and peace. The monuments they left behind around the coasts, hills and countryside allow us to understand more about how these people once lived.

So what you waiting for! a perfect time to find out about the past and experience Archaeology first hand.

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