Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Project (CHAP)
Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers from Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society and the team at Rathmell Archaeology we have now had two successful digs at Ardrossan Castle. One of these was the first modern excavation within the scheduled monument of the castle itself. Analysis of the findings from this work is providing new and fascinating insights into the history of Castle Hill.
3D models of the excavation trenches, and of the castle itself, which were created by Liam from Rathmell Archaeology can be viewed on Sketchfab.
The next stage of CHAP will take us beyond the traditional image of archaeology and out of the trenches to explore some of the other skills that are vital to modern heritage research. We're currently planning a programme of FREE workshops introducing local volunteers to the archaeological interpretation of buildings, landscapes, and finds; researching the archives; taking oral histories; and sharing their findings via events and exhibitions.
We're not completely abandoning traditional archaeology though and are also planning further community digs across the Garnock Connections area.
We'll be announcing the dates and locations of workshops soon so keep an eye on the website and our social media channels. In the meantime if you want to find out more or add your name to our list of volunteers then contact Simon.
CHAP is part funded by a grant from the Historic Environment Scotland Archaeology Programme
Did you know?
An archaeological dig at the ruined church on Castle Hill, Ardrossan, in 1911 uncovered an unusally ornate medieval sarcophagus. You can see a 3D model of the sarcophagus created by Spectrum Heritage here on Sketchfab.
But to really appreciate it, see the Ardrossan Sarcophage itself on display in the North Ayrshire Heritage Centre