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Archaeological excavation – The Pineapple by Airth

Charlie Lyons, Youth Outreach Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, explains how Canal College candidates worked in partnership with Archaeology Scotland to excavate and record archaeological findings from a historic site in Dunmore. 

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Here you can see the Canal College candidates working in partnership with Archaeology Scotland to excavate and record a site called “The Dunmore Pineapple by Airth” (which features a pineapple-shaped building, perhaps because pineapples were grown in Scotland as early as 1731), owned by National Trust for Scotland. They were excavating on the site of a glass house (green house) with a view to identifying what was grown there. Archaeology Scotland will produce a full report which will be shared with National Trust to help inform them of the current condition of the site and results from the excavation. Candidates can be seen digging the site, recording features of the wall to learn about its current condition, and cleaning artefacts found during this, and previous excavations. You can see that the finds have been separated into categories in order to be sent to treasure trove for analysis.

 

By Charlie Lyons.

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