Research

The main aim of the Glastonbury Abbey Archaeological Archive Project was to set aside previous assumptions based on the myths and legends and to provide a rigorous reassessment of the excavation archive. Research revealed that some of the best known archaeological ‘facts’ about Glastonbury are themselves myths perpetuated by the abbey’s excavators.

The key findings are:

The results from the Archive Project have been disseminated through an Open Access monograph, an online database, onsite digital resources, a popular magazine article, a new guidebook and educational resources.

See below for a selection of finds from the archaeological excavations.

A book binding tool (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
A decorative book mount (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
Pilgrim souvenirs excavated at Glastonbury: an ampulla holding holy water (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
Oyster shell palettes (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
A selection of glass (photograph: C. Steele)
12th-century blue stained glass (photograph: Cheryl Green)
Medieval pottery (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
A devotional plaque engraved with symbols and biblical passages associated with the Virgin Mary (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
LRA1 pottery (photograph: G Young; drawing: J Reed)
Medieval floor tile (© Glastonbury Abbey; photograph: David Cousins)
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