YAC Graveyard Dig – Day 1

A good first day. Griffin, Algirdas and Mhairi made a great start digging our plot. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take any photographs of them at work, but we do have before and after pictures.YAC plot

The first photograph shows the plot before digging commenced. You will just have to imaging young folk stood behind, trowels in hand, eager to get stuck in.

Photograph number two shows what the trench looked like at the end of the day. I freely admit to a wee bit of tidying up and root cutting this afternoon, but most of YAC plot after day 1the work was done by our YAC members. we have gone down about 6 to 8 cm and exposed a tree root in the righthand side of the trench.

The soil is becoming increasingly filled with bits of sandstone, fragments of burnt coal, and broken pottery and glass. This represents infilling that took place in the 1930’s. The photograph of the find tray shows a representative sample of what was found.Finds Tray with broken pottery, glass and burnt coal

Tomorrow we hope to get a little deeper and then to probe the ground again to confirm that gravestones lie within the plot.

 

YAC in Abbot House

Abbot House seen from the Abbey GraveyardAbbot House closes to the public on August 15th. But in the meantime we are working hard with Scotland’s Urban Past (http://scotlandsurbanpast.org.uk) to record as much as we can of the building and the community of people who love it so well.

Dunfermline YAC has the chance to get involved over the next two weeks with photography, film-making, drawing and planning. If you are aged between 8 and 16, would like to join YAC and get involved, then send an email to contact@yac-dunfermline.org.

Young archaeologists in the graveyard

HeadstoneFor the last three years a group of  Dunfermline Heritage Community Projects (DHCP) members have been digging in the Abbey Church graveyard for lost gravestones.

Each season the group chooses a small area to probe carefully for stones lost beneath the grass. Once likely stones have been located, they excavate and uncover stones that haven’t seen the light of day for centuries.

In this way the group learns more about the history of the town and the people who once lived and died in Dunfermline.The YAC Plot

This year DHCP has offered YAC a plot to excavate. Seven stones have already been uncovered this year, along with a host of stray finds that range from animal bone to an antique jam spoon.

So, if you are aged between 8 and 16, and fancy trying your hand at some graveyard archaeology drop us an email at contact@dunfermline-yac.org.

We will be excavating for two hour stretches between 11:00 13:00 over six days. The dates are:

  • Thursday 6th August
  • Friday 7th August
  • Saturday 8th August
  • Sunday 9th August
  • Monday 10th August
  • Tuesday 11th August

We have places for up to six young people for each session.

If you think you might be interested in joining Dunfermline YAC, even if you can’t make the dig, then just send an email anyway!

Young Archaeologists’ Club arrives in Dunfermline

YAC Logo

On the weekend of 18th-19th July Abbot House hosted a range of archaeological activities for the young folk of Dunfermline. We excavated and recorded medieval cattle bones, learned how to read a human skeleton, wrote like the medieval monks of Dunfermline Abbey and explored the Bronze Age past of Dunfermline.

Fun was had by all and by the end of the weekend YAC Dunfermline had its first 8 members.