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Threave dig reveals new secrets

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By Fiona Reid
Threave dig reveals new secrets

A RAFT of interesting finds were discovered on an archaeological dig in the region.

The Community Archaeology programme ‘Can You Dig It’ and the National Trust for Scotland partnered up again on the NTS Threave Estate to uncover more evidence of its use by people in the past.

In August and September, volunteers carried out some more test-pitting and metal-detecting days near to the site of Meiklewood Hill.

Test pits were dug, lithic surveys carried out and local metal detectorists went along to share their know-how.

Among the finds were a medieval lead spindle whorl, used as a weight in the hand spinning of yarn; post-medieval lead pistol shots; and the remains of a decorative triple bell terret from a horse harness.

Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services for National Trust for Scotland said: “Over the years we have gradually built up a better understanding of where and how people lived and worked at Threave throughout history, and indeed prehistory, and the recent discoveries have added to that knowledge.

“It is really important that we continue to look for archaeological evidence outside the confines of the usual power centres, such as medieval castles and Iron Age hillforts, if we are to get a more nuanced understanding of the Scottish landscape through time.”


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