Archaeology Dig!

Pennylands Camp 22 Archaeology Dig Weekend!

The Pennylands Camp 22 project community archaeological excavation is set for the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March on the Dumfries House estate.

We will be on site between 10am – 4pm on both days. The excavation, led by our partners at Addyman Archaeology, will investigate the remaining WWII hut bases south of the adventure playground. We plan to clear one or more of the hut bases of moss and vegetation with hoes, shovels and trowels so that we can record how they were built and lived in. We will teach archaeological photography and drawing and will survey in the locations of all nine identified huts and any more we find. We will give a brief introductory talk about the earlier excavations on the site of the Farm Education Centre and what we hope to find out to all participants and also to any drop-in visitors during the day.

Sue will be filming the event so make sure that you tell her your stories and what you think of the project!

If you fancy yourself as an Indiana Jones you will need to bring warm, waterproof clothes, strong boots and a packed lunch/drinks, although there is also at café at Dumfries House. We will supply all the tools and a first aid kit.

Families are welcome to come along – there are no age restrictions but all children should be accompanied by an adult. Meet up at 9.45am at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre to the north of Dumfries House.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for local folk to dig on some of the remaining POW camp huts. So far there have been bottles, crockery, toys and Nazi badges discovered – goodness know what else we’ll find!”

Bobby Grierson
Cumnock History Group


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