Among the more puzzling finds was a pair of rectangular structures (one shown in photo) with sloping sides of stepped-out limestones.
But what were they used for? One clue is in the smoke-blackened floor and flue (gap in the stones) on one side: the likely explanation is that hot air from a fire passed into this space, gently warming a wooden floor above, and that the buildings were malt kilns, where barley was turned slowly into malt, to be brewed into beer.
It’s a happy thought for the archaeologists hard at work on the bypass that, seven or eight hundred years ago, the monks would have been there, enjoying their flagons of ale after a long hard day tending their flocks of sheep, interrupted at regular intervals by prayer and worship.
Story: Paul Whitelam, Lincolnshire Live | Photo: Lincolnshire Live