The Isle of Man has been settled since the stone age and probably has the most artefacts for its area than anywhere else in Britain. Perhaps the most significant site is Chapel Hill at Balladoole in the south of the island, where there is evidence of Mesolithic settlement middens containing shells and animal bones, the remains of a Bronze Age grave, an early Celtic fort, a Viking ship burial and a keeil.
St Patrick’s Isle in Peel has been both a religious site and a fortress during its long history. Irish monks arrived here around 500AD and founded a monastery.
Many of the archaeological sites across the island are are easily visited. Artefacts are displayed in the Manx Museum in Douglas and this is the place to find out about the history and culture of the Isle of Man. Covering 10,000 years of Manx History from the stone age to the modern day, the sections on the early Celts and the Vikings are particularly good with a lot of artefacts as well as information boards describing the way of life and customs.
The House of Mannanan in Peel has reconstructions of a Celtic roundhouse, an early Christian burial, a Viking longhouse and a replica of a Viking long ship. It depends on visuals and is poor on information. Link to SE article
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Stone Age #2
Chambered Cairns #3
The Celts #5
The Vikings #6
Later antiquities #7