Open day for people to see dig at Bennachie

Colin points out a wall during the Bennachie dig.
Colin points out a wall during the Bennachie dig.

Folk willl be able to enjoy an open day to see the dig on Bennachie next week.

There will be two guided tours of an area on Bennachie’s lower slopes where the archaeological dig is taking place on Monday, August 19, at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

A map and instructions to find the site will be posted at the Rowantree Car Park and at the Bennachie Centre for all those who wish to take a look at this fascinating site.

It should be noted that visitors should allow up to 45 minutes to reach the dig.

The work is being done in an area off the turnpike track that links the two car parks.

The site is in the grounds of Pittodrie House Hotel and is taking place with the kind permission of Macdonald Hotels which owns the estate.

Tours will be given by archaeologist Colin Shepherd a member of the Bennachie Landscapes group; a joint project of the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen.

He said: “Volunteers have been working in this area two days a week since the start of July.

“This is a really exciting project and so far we have discovered evidence of habitation dating back hundreds of years.

“There is clear evidence of a dwelling along with other building remains.

“An old trackway, enclosure banks and drystane dykes also indicate a landscape with a very complicated history” he said..

“We have had people calling by during the dig and are always happy to explain what is happening.

“The open day next Monday will give an opportunity for people to find out more about this project.”

The dig will be continuing until the end of August. Volunteers are welcome to go along and help with the excavations.

Work will start at 10am and continue until 4.30pm.

Please contact info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk to book to take part and find out the days the dig is on. A complete list of dates is available on the Bailies of Bennachie website. www.bailiesofbennachie.co.uk/eventscalendar.