This August, Advance Archaeology will be investigating and recording two conflict sites. The first is a WWII ‘Starfish’ Command Bunker located in Westfield, which was built as part of the Clyde Anti Aircraft Battery. Participants will help identify the extent of decoy defences in the local area, and establish why the bunkers were placed a considerable distance from the Clyde shipyards.
At the second site, volunteers will focus on identifying methods used to construct a series of training trenches in Plean, as well as ascertaining who built them and which units trained in them. The project will also consider the impact these training trenches had on the local population and surrounding area.
The overall aim of the project is to raise the profile of the two sites within their local communities, with a long-term view of them being promoted and used for educational purposes.
Training will be provided in various archaeological techniques including site survey, drawing, photography, record keeping and excavation. Minimum age to participate is 17. No experience of archaeology is required, although anyone attending should be physically active. Fees cover a packed lunch and transport to and from the site.