YAC Graveyard Dig – Days 11 and 12

Lots of YAC members working away in a crowded Trench Lots of YAC members working away in a crowded Trench Lots of YAC members working away in a crowded Trench Lots of YAC members working away in a crowded TrenchI was tired last night and fell asleep before I could get round to writing up Saturday’s YAC activities in the graveyard. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Anyway, I am just back from the Sunday session and will delay no longer.

Saturday was busy. A new member, Andrew joined us for the first time, while Morven, one of our leaders, brought her younger brother, Alasdair along to see how he would enjoy himself. Both made excellent starts to their archaeological careers. Experienced members Erin and Algirdas helped to welcome the boys and get them started.

We focused on finishing revealing our third stone and better defining the edges of the other two stones, now they are further from the cutting edge. As well as the usual nails, glass and pottery, a number of fragments of electrical wiring were discovered. It is interesting that electrical materials were already being disposed of by 1930, perhaps as parts of demolished buildings?

The third gravestoneAs you can see, the third stone is slightly longer than its immediate
neighbour. At first sight there seems to be no inscription or decoration on the stone. We will reserve judgement until it has dried off and been brushed clean. The surface is far from flat, which might be a sign that there is more to be discovered on Carved standing stonethis stone.

Annoyingly our blank, flat stone hides quite a bit of the standing stone abutting it’s western edge. We can see some badly worn carving, but nothing else. Yet.

Finally I will just mention the tremendous amount of interest and encouragement our young archaeologists have received from visitors. We are now used to people staring for a while and then walking up to ask what on earth we are doing. They are always fascinated by the project and impressed at amount the young archaeologists have achieved.

Just this weekend we talked to Visitors to the digmore than 60 people of all ages, from all around the world about the project and what has been discovered so far. In fact, we didn’t get as much work done today as we had hoped. That said, there would be little point to the project if we didn’t share our findings with folk who show an interest, and its always a two-way conversation.

 

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I am one of the Dunfermline YAC leaders and very old and grumpy.

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