Foundations of monastery found at Holyrood

ARCHAEOLOGISTS digging at the Palace of Holyroodhouse have found some of the foundations of an ancient monastery.

Experts from Channel 4's Time Team spent the weekend excavating at the Edinburgh site.

Neil Oliver, one of the programme's presenters, said: "There was a very, very large monastic Augustinian abbey and monastery on the site.

The monastery was progressively destroyed and now all that remains of it lies under the neatly manicured Holyrood lawns.

"But when we went a few feet below that we were able to see the foundations."

The abbey dates back to the 12th century, but was added to over the years by various Scottish rulers.

Time Team experts have also been trying to find Mary, Queen of Scots' real tennis court - but have so far been unable to uncover it.

The televised dig, which is taking place to mark the Queen's 80th birthday, is scheduled to continue today.

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