The Project

The Whithorn Trust, in partnership with AOC Archaeology Group, undertook a major programme of community-led archaeological survey across the Machars from September 2011 to March 2012. Volunteers and archaeologists recorded some of the areas most important monuments, forming a new record of the rich archaeology of The Machars. The survey aimed to record sites and monuments of all periods, from prehistory to the present.

Training and participation were central to the aims of the project, and volunteers were involved in all aspects of the project. Participants received training in all types of archaeological survey, from low-tech drawing to high-tech 3D laser scanning, as well as in the use of geophysical survey equipment. There were also opportunities to participate in test-pit surveys, particularly during the Whithorn ‘Big Dig’, which aimed to plot the evidence of historic activity around the town of Whithorn.

The project was generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Leader.