It was a case of standing room only at Peebles Community Centre when the team from AOC Scotland brought members of the public up to date with progress of the community archaeology project that is currently taking place at Glenrath in the Manor Valley.
Under the title “Hidden History of the Scottish Borders in the Time of King Arthur”, the Arthur Trail Association and its consultants, AOC Archaeology Group, hope that a series of surveys and excavations will shed new light on life in the Borders during the Dark Ages (fourth to ninth centuries AD).
The project has a strong community focus, with outreach activities and public participation by local volunteers. Events and training are free and open to all.
A supporting schools programme has involved more than 200 local pupils at both primary and secondary level.
The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council.
The focus of the evening was a talk by archaeologist Dr Graeme Cavers, who provided a round-up of the results of the initial survey and set out plans for the next phase of fieldwork.
Peebleshire Archaeological Society hosted the event and chairman Trevor Cowie feels that the “Hidden History” project – and fieldwork at Glenrath in particular – will develop local interest in Tweeddale’s past.
Anyone wishing to participate in the project should contact Charlotte Douglas at AOC Archaeology by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (07817 759012).