Remains of Prehistoric Buildings Found in Ballasalla

Archaeologists employed by Dandara to look at its Ballasalla site did not find evidence of Viking remains, but did unearth other interesting evidence.

Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorhouse shared the details of letter he received from Dandara and Manx National Heritage after he asked what had been found on the site.

In his post on Facebook, Mr Moorhouse said that while no Viking remains were found, the team of professional archaeologists, overseen by MNH and hired by Dandara, did find some prehistoric archaeology.

The letter he shared said: ‘The excavations have uncovered the remains of a small number of prehistoric buildings between 2,500-3,000 years old, and some field boundaries and drainage channels, some of which were of similar prehistoric date, but most of them only a few centuries old. All of the remains were extensively and very heavily damaged by farming activity and the investigations have had to make do with what little was left. I should emphasise that archaeological excavation is a destructive process and there is therefore nothing to preserve or see. Dandara will eventually build over the site where these remains were located, and in our professional opinion there is no reason why this should not happen.’

The letter Mr Moorhouse received also confirmed that the house builder had ‘followed process correctly, beginning several years ago when first exploring the possibility of developing the land’.

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