Monday, September 14, 2009

Archaeological dig at Brechin Cathedral uncovers medieval artifacts

Archaeological work being done in the Scottish town of Brechin is uncovering evidence of medieval remains near its cathedral.

Over sixty people are taking part in a community dig at Bishop’s Close, adjacent to the city’s cathedral, and have already uncovered medieval pottery and coins.

Site director and archaeologist Charlie Murray said yesterday: “The results to date have been very encouraging. A test pit earlier in the week showed that quite a depth of mediaeval garden soil survives on the site.

“Medieval pottery and two 14th-century coins were found in the pit. Medieval pottery is also emerging on the main part of the excavations so that there is every indication that mediaeval levels are immediately below the 19th-century buildings.”

A spokeswoman for Angus Council said interest in the dig has been “overwhelming” from the local community and visitors passing by.

“Participants of the dig have been from a wide variety of backgrounds, from young to old, many with no previous experience. Many of those who have volunteered so far have acquired the skills needed in basic archaeology as well as about the ancient history of Brechin,” she said.