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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > Jul - Aug 2019 > UNCOVERING SECRETS FROM THE PAST AT UPPER GAIRLOCH


A new community archaeology project is exploring an abandoned site close to the river Dee which was once a thriving agricultural community

Over three days in March, a team of volunteers descended on a forest clearing off the raiders road forest drive in Galloway, south-west Scotland. They were there to start the exploration of ‘upper Gairloch’, an abandoned farm under the control of Forestry and Land Scotland, who kindly gave their permission for the work to take place. Representing a wide range of age and experience, the volunteers shared an enthusiasm for their local heritage and a desire to learn more through archaeology. Supported by archaeologists from Rathmell Archaeology Ltd, they were there as part of ‘Can You Dig It?’, a community archaeology project run by the ‘Galloway Glens’ Landscape Partnership Scheme and funded by the Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

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