Dunfermline YAC's Heritage Heroes
In October 2016, 15 members of Dunfermline YAC were presented with Heritage Hero Awards at a special meeting of Archaeology Scotland.
Archaeology Scotland describe the Awards as "Celebrating Scotland’s young people, unearthing Scotland’s past." They aim to encourage young people to connect with their past, and to reward their achievement.
To gain a Heritage Hero Award, young people must take part in a central project as well as develop their own personal interests. The Dunfermline YAC members achieved their Awards thanks to their involvement in the Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard Project.
You can read all about the young archaeologists work on the Project in a series of special blogs here on the YAC website, written by the members themselves:
● Erin's blog post explains the project's aims and why so many gravestones were hidden beneath the soil
● Alexander's blog is all about teeth and bones
● Kathryn's blog describes one of the rediscovered gravestones that may have commemorated a shoemaker
Erin, Kathryn and Alexander each achieved the Bronze Heritage Hero Award (with a minimum time commitment of 20 hours); all the other members received the Heritage Detective Award (having contributed a minimum of 10 hours to the project). Between them, Dunfermline YAC members have spent around 200 hours working in the Abbey graveyard this year!
Well done to each and every Heritage Hero from Dunfermline YAC. Everyone at YAC HQ is very proud of you!
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