Dunfermline YAC shortlisted for top award
Over the last two summers, Dunfermline Heritage Community Projects (DHCP) has given Dunfermline Young Archaeologists’ Club a wonderful opportunity to take part in the project to record the graveyard to the north of Dunfermline Abbey.
Club leader, Mark Seaborne explained:
The search for gravestones has provided a perfect opportunity for Club members to learn and develop basic archaeological skills. This year, 15 YAC members have found 11 gravestones and spent over 170 hours working in the graveyard, and we’re not done yet!
The project so far...
The story begins back in July 2015, when Dunfermline YAC was invited to join the DHCP project. The group of young archaeologists was given a plot of the graveyard to excavate. And they certainly got stuck in! During the first season of work at the graveyard, the team of YACs worked for 12 days, digging and exposing hidden grave markers.
In July 2016, they returned... this year the team of young archaeologists has uncovered even more stones and made lots of interesting finds that are helping to piece together the stories of the people who lived – and died – in Dunfermline.
You can read three blog posts by YAC members Erin, Kathryn and Alexander here on the YAC website about the project and their discoveries:
● 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
You can keep fully up to date with dig discoveries and read the full story of this brilliant project on the Dunfermline YAC website
And check out the fab video of the team hard at work – along with a gang of visiting YAC members from Edinburgh YAC – at the bottom of this page under the image gallery.
The team of amazing young archaeologists from Dunfermline YAC have now been recognised for all their hard work. They have been shortlisted in the annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards in the Young Heritage Angel Award category which celebrates the best contribution by young people to a heritage project.
Unfortunately Dunfermline YAC were pipped to the Award by Dig TV from Whitorn. But we're all really proud that they made the shortlist! Well done from everyone at YAC HQ!