Volunteer archaeological excavation: Black Hill, Auchenheath
Volunteers are now being sought to take part in archaeological excavations at two of the area’s most enigmatic Ancient Monuments - Black Hill, Auchenheath and Castle Qua, Cartland Craigs, Lanark. The excavations, led by CAVLP Heritage, will be the first to explore the archaeology of the first millennia in the area since the 1930s, and will take place at Castle Qua Tuesday 11 – Friday 21 July and at Black Hill Tuesday 8 – Friday 25 August.
Participants can get involved in the excavations, help support environmental processing or assist with washing and cataloguing of finds. The volunteer team will be helping to answer questions such as - Who lived at these sites? What did they do there? When were these sites used and when did they go out of use?
An Investigating the Past pop-up exhibition, showcasing artefacts from the Castle Qua excavation and other sites around Lanark, will take place in the Lanark Tolbooth Monday 17 – Sunday 30 July, helping visitors to find out more about the sites. The exhibition will be open 10:30am-5:30pm daily, with late openings on Thursdays until 8pm.
Open Days, where visitors can come along to see an excavation in action, talk to archaeologists and take part in family activities have been planned for Castle Qua and Black Hill, for people who are unable to join in with the archaeological digs. These are taking place on Sunday 16 July, 10:30am – 5:30pm at Castle Qua, and Sundays 13 and 20 August, 11am – 4pm at Black Hill. Places for the Open Days are limited so booking is essential at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk.