Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Scotland Digs 2021

Scotland is shining a spotlight on its world-class archaeology this summer with Scotland Digs 2021. Now in its third year, the campaign coordinated by Dig It! is bringing together live updates and free/low-cost events for members of the public all summer. 

If you would like to try something a bit different on your next visit, have a look at some of the suggestions below. 

The Cammo Estate Excavation, Edinburgh

Ongoing (Mondays)

The Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society is continuing their Monday excavations of the servants’ accommodation (known as the ‘Cottages’) at Cammo Estate, which was home to one of Edinburgh’s grandest mansions until it fell into disrepair in the 20th century. More information...

Nearest hostel: The Dolphin Inn

The Dolphin Inn

Waggonway Dig, East Lothian

Waggonway Dig, East Lothian

30 August - 6 September 

Archaeologists from the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group plan to pick up the search for Scotland’s first railway where they left off in 2019 and help tell a fuller story of the region’s 17th-century salt making industry by completing the final phase of salt pan excavations in Cockenzie. Visitors and volunteers will be welcome at both events with no experience required to participate. More information...

Nearest hostel: The Dolphin Inn

Dolphin Inn Dunbar

Test Pitting Weekend at Threave, Dumfries & Galloway

Test Pitting Weekend at Threave, Dumfries & Galloway

3 September - 4 September 

Experts from the Can You Dig It and National Trust for Scotland will be opening up test pits to look for lithics (ancient stone artefacts) and see what can be learned about the history of Threave Estate at Castle Douglas. Want to join in? Grab a free place or sign up the waitlist. More information...

Nearest hostel: Castlecreavie Farm 

and Marthrown of Mabie

Great Place: The Big Dig, Falkirk

Great Place: The Big Dig, Falkirk

6 September - 26 September 

Volunteer to take part in an excavation in Denny or watch the team of archaeological explorers in action as part of this three-week festival during Scottish Archaeology Month. Don’t miss the weekend activity hub with excavations, games, heritage tents, re-enactments and more. More information...

Nearest Hostel: Wee Row Hostel 

Dig It!, which advertises archaeology events throughout the year, is coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

Image Credits:

Cammo Estate: The Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society at Cammo Estate (Image Credit: Joyce Herriot)

Waggonway: The day before the Battle of Prestonpans which was fought across the Waggonway line (Image Credit: Alan Braby © Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust)

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