08 December 2011
Archaeologists investigating the archaeology of artefacts recovered from Udal in the Western Isles have received extra funding for post-excavation research. ...
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Western Isles local authority which has responsibility for an extensive collection of archaeological arfefacts from Udal in the Western Isles, has received funding of £85,000 from the Museum Association's Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to carry out post excavation research on artefacts which date from Neolithic times to the present day.
The finds, which were first excavated by archaeologist Ian Crawford between 1963 and 1995, include a Bronze Age skeleton and Iron Age metalwork, with some of the finds preserved by sand dunes.
Archie Campbell, councillor on the Western Isles, said of the grant: 'The local community has been waiting nearly 50 years to learn about what was discovered beneath the sand dunes and to see the finds for themselves.
'Long before the material was released by Ian Crawford the community made it clear that their wish was for the collections to be returned to the islands on a permanent basis.
'This grant will go towards achieving that vision by funding a feasibility study into the potential of the Udal collections as the basis for an archaeological resource centre and the impact it would have on the islands' economy.'
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