Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Project (CHAP)
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 we have had to make some changes to the way we are delivering our community archaeology project. We are continuing to work with DigVentures to deliver training in archaeological and heritage skills to the local community but for the present this training will be delivered remotely online.
Our FREE workshops can either be attended 'live' as they stream or recordings of the workshops can be viewed later at a time that suits you. All the details of upcoming and recorded workshops can be viewed on the DigVentures website here.
Once regulations allow we plan to be back out in the field delivering more workshops and training in person. We're also working on some exciting plans for futher community archaeology and heritage work in the Garnock Valley, so keep an eye on our social media for upcoming announcements.
Earlier in our delivery phase, and thanks to the hard work of local volunteers from Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society and the team at Rathmell Archaeology, we 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.
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