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Archaeologists uncover clues to Rievaulx abbey's medieval farm

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Clues to a medieval farm linked to an abbey in North Yorkshire have been found during an archaeological dig.

The wealth and quality of the finds at the site near Rievaulx Abbey had surprised experts, the North York Moors National Park Authority said.

Jet rosary beads, pottery and glazed tiles were among some of the items pointing to the farm's "high status", a spokesperson added.

Keith Emerick, from Historic England, said it was "truly remarkable".

Located four miles outside Helmsley, the farm site was known to be the location of a medieval grange built shortly after the Cistercian abbey at Rievaulx, which was founded in 1132.

The site was managed by the abbey until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539.



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