Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 19-02-2014

Archaeologists start work at the Nautical Museum

by MNH

Archaeologists will today start work at the Nautical Museum in Castletown, home of the world’s oldest yacht, the 200-year old Peggy. 

Specialist archaeological contractors, Oxford Archaeology North, have been commissioned by Manx National Heritage to undertake the project.   In preparation for the excavation, Manx National Heritage has worked with local building contractors to complete some minor structural alterations to the building.   
 
Chris Weeks, Conservator for Manx National Heritage said:

“In recent years, Manx National Heritage has been studying Peggy and the environment in which she sits.  The next phase of this project is to carefully excavate the boatyard at the Nautical Museum, where we are expecting to find a slipway leading from the building to Castletown Harbour.”

Starting today, the work is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete.  Following the excavation, Oxford Archaeology North will produce a report on their discoveries for Manx National Heritage in summer 2014.

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