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Meet the Team

Photograph of the Phase 1 volunteers standing on the wall at Morrison's HavenThe Prestongrange Community Archaeology project was a community-based project. It offered opportunities for individuals to get involved with an archaeological project and to work alongside professional archaeologists in exploring and investigating a part of East Lothian's heritage. 

The project team was made up volunteers from the local community, archaeologists from CFA Archaeology Ltd, Peter Ross (the project videographer), George Haggarty (project pottery specialist), Jill Turnbull (project glass specialist) and the East Lothian Council Archaeology Service.

Over the 6 years of the project there were approximately 30 volunteers involved with a core group of 20 volunteers at any one time. Team members all had varying backgrounds whicht included a landscape gardener; financial advisor; a school teacher; architect; and unemployed railway worker and several people now retired. Most were local to the area or lived within the Lothians or Borders.

Training and tasks

Volunteers labelling and organising artefactsTeam members involved in the Prestongrange Community Archaeology Project were taught all aspects of archaeological fieldwork from learning how to excavate, clean sections, recognise stratigraphy, record and plan trenches, take soil samples, recognise artefacts and how to use surveying equipment.Volunteers planning a segment of wall

Team members were additionally taught how to undertake basic desk based research such as how to appraise historic maps, where to find archaeological information on the web etc. and how to undertake historic building recording. 

There were also opportunities for team members to get involved with specific aspects of the project, for example, artefact archiving, historical research, exhibition design, reminiscence gathering and web site maintenance.













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