Dates: Various from April-September.
Age: All welcome.
Training / Experience: None required.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with archaeological work throughout the Falkirk district. Some of this work is pre-planned as indicated in the following list, but much is in response to circumstances. Each year, for example a fieldwalking exercise is conducted on one of the Antonine Wall forts after it is ploughed and this usually takes place in late March, but this year it took place in early February due to the early ploughing of the site. Similarly two weekend digs have been required as a result of ground disturbances by other agencies in February.
- 29 April – 5 May: Community dig in Zetland Park, Grangemouth, on the site of the medieval monastic grange which gives the
town its name. The enclosure is still surrounded by an earthen
bank and ditch from which 13th century pottery was recovered
two years ago. This year we will examine the SE corner of the
interior where there is the best chance of surviving remains.
- 20 July – 3 August: Excavation and survey of the forecourt at Kinneil House, Bo’ness, concentrating on the gatehouse indicated by last year’s resistivity survey. The perimeter walls were demolished in the 1570s to reduce the defensive capabilities of the Earl of Arran’s palace block.
- August: Excavations in the annexe to the Roman fort at Mumrills in Laurieston, just east of Falkirk. Trenches will be dug in two gardens of villas built on the site of the Roman industrial complex in order to determine the type of occupation of the south-west corner of the annexe. Previous work in the vicinity has uncovered the huge cobbled foundations of aisled buildings. Date to be confirmed, but late August is anticipated.
- 28 – 30 September: Continuing the exploration of the complex of Roman temporary camps in the school playing fields at East Carmuirs Primary School as part of the Big Roman Week in the Falkirk area. This is part of a large collection of camps at Camelon associated with one of the most important assembly points for the army.