Abbeys feature somewhat in my Great Medieval Science Fiction Masterpiece(s), although they are not a major component. And this particular abbey wasn't even close, geographically, or in the time period I'm writing about. Nevertheless, the story about this North Yorkshire abbey is fascinating; it was built in a swampy area which the monks made into relatively solid ground. This was quite a feat of engineering in its day and with the tools they had available to them. It was also a surprisingly rich area, seeing as it was built in the middle of what we would now call a wetland. A lot of people nowadays tend to think that the folk living in medieval Europe were sunk in ignorance and "superstition", but whateer one may think of monks and "organized religion", I would hardly call them superstitious or sunk in ignorance. And apparently the abbey itself was quite famous in its day. Too bad it took all this time and some archaeological work to rediscover this.