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Cathedral Hall/Bishop’s Close Dig, Brechin

August 19, 2009

1st to 10th September including weekend of 5th and 6th
A volunteer archaeological dig will take place in the ground next to the Cathedral Hall, Bishops Close from the 1st to the 10th of September 2009. The dig will coincide with Scottish Archaeology month, and includes the weekend of the 5th to 6th of September, Doors Open Day in Angus. Anyone interested in participating in the dig should register their names and contact details with Sarah Kettles, Project Manager City of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative (Tel: 01356 623488, email ). A volunteer registration form will be available in August.

Volunteers can either to participate in the dig or assist in other activities such as washing any finds on the site. These activities will be confirmed nearer the date. Details will also be posted on the Cathedral website as well as the THI webpage. The minimum time to volunteer for dig is 1 whole day. The minimum age for the dig is 12 and children aged between 12-14 must be accompanied by adult. School activities will be organised separately. Volunteer numbers are limited to 10-12 people per day. Please note that any existing medical conditions will require to be disclosed prior to acceptance on the dig. Any previous experience or specific skills such as surveying would be a definite help and we would be grateful if you could make this known when registering your interest.

The area where the proposed dig is located is in the original Cathedral precinct. 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. 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.

Volunteers will need to provide their own lunch/refreshments and warm/waterproof clothes.

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