|24 July 2004
Dig set to begin at Traprain Law
Excavations are set to begin on Traprain Law, a hill near East Linton in East Lothian, which experts have described as one of the most important archaeological sites in Scotland. They are trying to discover exactly how much damage was done by a major fire at the site last year.
The area is noted as having been a major population centre in the late Bronze Age. In 2003, a fire started by a discarded cigarette end burned through grass and vegetation, damaging some historical remains and exposing others to potential erosion. It left an unstable mixture of soil, mud and ash. Investigators are now examining the worst affected areas hoping to carry out rescue and rehabilitation work. Among the early finds in the current operation have been parts of a mediaeval building, as well as ancient tools, pottery and beads.
Source: BBC News (22 July 2004)
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