Raiders Road Dig completed

A band of 15 volunteers had a fantastic time at the first Galloway Glens ‘Can You Dig It’ community archaeology dig last week. It was held at Upper Gairloch, one of the deserted settlements on the Raiders Road in the Glenkens. The team cleaned up and recorded the ruins of an 18th to 19th century kiln, used for drying grain, and the adjoining barn where the grain would have been stored before or after drying. They also dug some small excavation pits in the floor of the barn, in the hope of finding some pottery or other artefacts to allow more accurate dating. Unfortunately, nothing revealed itself in the pits, but the team did a fantastic job over the 3 days, as the before and after photos show. An amazing 3-D model has also been created of the newly-exposed structure, which is fascinating to see. Search SketchFab.com for ‘Raiders Road Kiln Barn’.

The band of 15 volunteers had a fantastic time at the first Galloway Glens ‘Can You Dig It’ community archaeology dig last week. It was held at Upper Gairloch, one of the deserted settlements on the Raiders Road in the Glenkens. The team cleaned up and recorded the ruins of an 18th to 19th century kiln, used for drying grain, and the adjoining barn where the grain would have been stored before or after drying. They also dug some small excavation pits in the floor of the barn, in the hope of finding some pottery or other artefacts to allow more accurate dating. Unfortunately, nothing revealed itself in the pits, but the team did a fantastic job over the 3 days, as the before and after photos show. All volunteers had a great time, with one commenting that he’d had an interest in archaeology for some time but had never had the opportunity to get involved before. Most had had no experience of an archaeological dig before, but all found the Rathmell Archaeology team to be most welcoming and knowledgeable. And although it was hard work, there was also time for a lot of tea!

This event was the first outdoor event in a year-long Community Archaeology programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland so that the Galloway Glens project can deliver it for free to volunteers. To find out about upcoming ‘Can You Dig It’ events in the Galloway Glens area, see www.gallowayglens.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Sketchfab, @GGLPArchaeology.