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Monk’s 13th-century guesthouse unearthed in Ireland

A medieval defensive ditch and a 13th-century guesthouse have been found at the Cistercian Bective Abbey in Ireland.

“We’re delighted. We’ve only sampled quite a small area so to find the guesthouse we were extremely lucky. We’ve been able to identify it as a guesthouse, because of the waste we’ve found in a drain that was against the wall,” she said. “It was full of a range of animal bones and oyster shells, which would have been for guests, rather than the monks, who only ate fish.”

Dr Stout said the dig was helping to uncover the details of the daily lives of the monks.

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