Get your hands dirty at Dig for a Day event at Crathes Castle

Dig for a day at Crathes archaeology event.
Dig for a day at Crathes archaeology event.

National Trust for Scotland archaeologists are inviting folk to get their hands dirty and get digging at Crathes Castle near Banchory, as part of the conservation charity’s latest ‘big dig’ project.

‘Dig for a Day’ is the latest event which is open to anyone aged ten years or over, who can commit at least one day to the project between October 11 and 25.

Members of the public who join the archaeologists will be helping with an exciting research programme which could uncover remains of the castle’s 16th century courtyard, alongside garden features and buildings which once clustered around the impressive tower-house.

The project’s educational programme will also involve school pupils in the excavations, giving them first-hand experience of how archaeologists uncover hidden history.

Trust archaeologist Shannon Fraser said: “Crathes Castle estate boasts an incredibly rich heritage of archaeological sites, including a remarkable ceremonial site first used over 10,000 years ago.

“We are hoping our excavations on the castle lawn will cast light on the early history of the tower – and if we’re really lucky we might find evidence of medieval buildings where the family lived before they built the castle.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to help us delve into the past!”

For more information and to book your place, call 0844 493 2166.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have a disability, please let them know in advance so they can discuss arrangements with you.

Apart from the chance to grab a trowel and join in, the project programme includes daily, ten-minute talks on the latest discoveries, on site at 11am and 2pm, except Wednesdays.

Dr Fraser will give two 30-minute talks on the estate’s fascinating prehistoric past, at 11:30am in the castle café.

On October 5, the project celebrated the national ‘Silver Sunday’ initiative, which was reserved for participants over 65.