Lowland Canal archaeology outreach

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Photo: The Forth & Clyde, Union, Caledonian and Crinan canals are Scheduled Monuments

Young Scots are to be given a taste of Roman life along the Lowland Canals thanks to new funding secured by Scottish Canals which aims to make history more accessible to young people.

The funding means that a new community archaeologist will be employed through the Council for British Archaeology’s placement scheme to focus on heritage work for 16 to 25 year olds.

Sabina Strachan, Scottish Canals Senior Heritage Advisor, said: "The Community Archaeologist will help deliver the aims laid out in our newly-launched Heritage Strategy and foster engagement with the rich history of Scotland's waterways.”

"Working together, I am sure that we will deliver projects and activities that will contribute to canal and world heritage, as well as benefit the local area and, in particular, its young adults.”
The aim is to get more young adults involved in archaeological activities on the 250 year old Forth & Clyde Canal and the 2000 year old Antonine Wall World Heritage site.

The Antonine Wall was constructed in AD 140 and was the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire. It runs for 60 km from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

The Forth & Clyde, Union, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22 million visits per year.
More information from www.scottishcanals.co.uk