Dig It! with YAC at Hume Castle - Competition Open
A team of archaeologists from HARP Archaeology are conducting a community excavation at the site of Hume Castle in the Scottish borders this August. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day working as an archaeologist!
Two lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Saturday 24th of August 2019.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will have the opportunity to experience a range of field-based tasks. You will be helping them to complete the recording of the graveyard of the old church, identifying who is buried there and where they came from, whilst also helping them to identify any gravestones and features in the graveyard that need some restoration work. You will also have the opportunity to help them do some excavating at either the former orchard that supplied the church, or in the former church glebe that may contain prehistoric remains!
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Hume Castle on Saturday 24th of August 2019, just answer this question:
Whose troops destroyed Hume Castle in the 1650's? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org marked Dig It! Competition – Hume Castle
Remember to include your name, age, email contact and YAC branch. Please also ensure you have parental/carer permission and note this in your email.
Closing date: Midnight August 4th 2019
Winners must be free on Saturday 24th of August 2019, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners by email.
You can find the competition Terms and Conditions here: T&C's - Hume Castle
About Hume Castle
Hume Castle was originally a medieval stronghold dating back to the 13th century, holding a prominent position in the Scottish Borders. The castle was destroyed by Cromwell's troops in the 1650s, before being rebuilt in the late 18th Century by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. This rebuild gradually fell into a greater and greater state of disrepair during the late 19th, and 20th centuries. It was restored by Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) in the late 20th Century. Shortly afterwards, the Clan Home Association acquired the castle and its immediate surroundings from the Berwickshire Civic Society.
The castle is flanked on the north by the modern village of Hume, but around the base of the castle’s rocky outcrop are the remains of the original Medieval, village of Hume, with Hume Kirkyard located to the south west. The Kirkyard originally housed the medieval Hume Parish Church, also destroyed by Cromwell's troops in the 17th Century.
The project will provide a range of archaeological activities over the course of three years, to research, excavate, and record, Hume Castle and its surrounding landscape, including the former surrounding village, and associated graveyard. The project began in Spring 2018, and will run through to late Spring 2021 providing opportunities to learn more about the history of Hume, and to develop and learn new skills.