August 26, 2009

Archaeologists to unearth Cathedral’s past


by Sara Levy

Budding archaeologists have been invited to help unearth religious secrets at the original site of Brechin Cathedral next month.

Volunteers can sign up to help with the archaeological dig, which is expected to uncover the Cathedral’s foundations, as well as bones, stones, and ceramics dating back to the 1700s.

“This dig has the potential to uncover some most interesting artifacts as well as increasing our knowledge of the history of the cathedral area and Brechin in general,” said Bob Myles, chairman of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Anyone aged over 12 can volunteer to help with the dig, which is taking place from 1 to 10 September.

Volunteer numbers are limited to 12 per day, and volunteers can choose to take part in the dig or help with other activities such as washing any artifacts found.

The dig is being directed by Hilary and Charlie Murray, of Murray Archaeological Services. They expect to find foundations of various buildings on the site.

“There have been a number of buildings located on the site, including what appears to be a clergyman’s house which was built in 1771 when the Bishop’s Palace was demolished and church office buildings, demolished in 1850,” said Charlie Murray.

“The dig may, therefore, reveal the foundations of these buildings and stones from the original Bishop’s Palace. Other finds could include bones and ceramics.”

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