South Scotland

Whithorn archaeology project starts

Whithorn Priory - Undiscovered Scotland
Image caption The public is being encouraged to get involved in the archaeology project

A project to get the public involved in archaeology is being officially launched in southern Scotland.

People are being encouraged to take part in the Whithorn "big dig", working alongside professionals in the field.

They will first take part in training workshops before helping to survey sites across the Machars area.

The information gathered will be used to produce heritage trails and add to knowledge about the various historic remains in the area.

During a second phase, volunteers will have the chance to get their hands dirty by digging "test pits" and sieving the topsoil to reveal pottery and other objects.

The hope is that whole families will get involved.

A series of school workshops is also planned based on the results from the surveys.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is due in Whithorn to officially launch the 10-month project, which has received funding from both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Leader programme.

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