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Archaeology dig at Bowhill House - 24 and 25 June 2017

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Four archaeology sessions will be taking place at Bowhill House in Selkirk this month, to explore the hidden secrets of the Bowhill Estate. If you're interested in Scottish archaeology, sign up for our e-newsletter to get Scottish history and archaeology news and features.

The site of a pre-Roman fort lies close to the courtyard at Bowhill, so a number of 1m-square test-pits will be created to investigate the site, and those with an interest in archaeology can come along and take part in the archaeological digs.

Matt Thompson, House Duty Manager (pictured), has previous experience leading digs of this type and organised the special workshops. He said: “We want to use the weekend to better understand Bowhill’s ancient past, while giving people the chance to get hands-on archaeology experience.

“In particular, we want to get an insight into the nature of the occupation and use of this pre-Roman site, and to see if there is any evidence of continuity into later periods.

“After the excavation, all finds will be analysed, and participants will be invited to a presentation on the results.”

How to get involved

Beginners archaeology sessions will take place on 24 and 25 June, lasting for three hours (suitable for age fourteen and over) - all materials and instruction will be provided. Children can take an archaeology trail, with a chance to do some digging of their own, and there will also be a walking trail taking in the excavation and some of the older and less visited parts of the Estate. 

Landscape walks take place on 25 June at 12 noon and 2pm, cost £3.50 per person. The archaeology workshops take place on 24 and 25 June, 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

For more information, visit Bowhill's website.

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