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Fire crews fighting mud for Cochno Stone archaeologists

Fire endine in the road
Image caption Fire crews pumped water from a nearby main

Archaeologists excavating 5,000-year-old carvings have drafted in help from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Students from the University of Glasgow have spent the past week removing hundreds of tonnes of mud from the Cochno Stone at Faiffley in Clydebank.

Now a fire crew has been brought in to wash mud from the sandstone slab, which is covered with dozens of Neolithic cup and ring marks.

Specialists from the Factum Foundation will scan it to produce a replica.

The stone was deliberately buried in the 1960s because of concern at the damage it was suffering.

At the moment the plan is to re-bury it once it has been scanned and digitally recorded.

Image caption A fire officer used the water under direction from experts on site
Image caption The water revealed new details on the stone
Image caption The Cochno stone is covered in dozens of so-called cup and ring marks
Image caption The water jet also revealed more modern graffiti carved on the slab
Image caption Cup and ring marks are made up of a deep central hole surrounded by concentric circles
Image caption The washing was watched by student archaeologists, fire officers and local people

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