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Fair aims to generate interest in archaeology

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By Fiona Reid
Fair aims to generate interest in archaeology

DUMFRIES and Galloway will host the popular Scottish Archaeology Fair next month.

It will take place in Castle Douglas, at the town hall and Lochside Park, on Sunday September 4, for one day only and it’s all free.

And it is being co-ordinated by Archaeology Scotland and the Galloway Glens, who say the event will be of great significance locally and nationally as it will be the official launch of this year’s Scottish Archaeology Month and the celebration of the conclusion of the outstanding Can You Dig It community archaeology project.

It is hoped the fair will raise the profile of Scottish Archaeology and provide a space for everyone to connect with, learn from and enjoy their local heritage and archaeology.

Taking part will be a combination of local and national organisations who will be there to make a fascinating day of fun for all the family. Whether you want to see real-life marauding Vikings, learn an ancient craft or find out how to become an archaeologist, there will be something for everyone.

And it is a great chance to give young people their first taste of archaeology and, in particular, to get them interested in Scotland’s past. For adults, it may be a chance to reawaken a forgotten interest in history and the local area.

Local societies and heritage enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to network and exhibit their work.

There will be a wide range of hands-on activities for the more adventurous. These include handling artefacts, competitions, and a ceilidh. There will be plenty of people from the world of history and archaeology willing to answer any questions about local and national sites of interest and the chance to join a local history or archaeological society.

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