Chance to dig in to Borders history

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NEXT month will bring free entry to Borders archaeological sites during Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM).

Museums, universities local authorities, commercial archaeologists, local heritage societies and individuals will run over 1,500 events to introduce people to Scotland’s past.

Co-ordinator Dr Mags McCartney says: “SAM just keeps on growing. This year we’re delighted to announce a variety of exciting events throughout the Borders.

Highlights include a guided tour of archaeological sites at Campshiel Burn on Sunday, September 18, an open afternoon at Coldingham Priory on Wednesday, September 14 and, for those fancying a breath of fresh air, there is Coldstream and the Tweed: A Walk Along the Medieval Border on Monday, September 12.”

One of the Tweed tours, from Coldstream, will be a six-mile walk with the Scottish Borders Council archaeologist and countryside ranger, passing Wark Castle before going through Hirsel Estate.

At Coldingham Priory, the church, ruins and new garden will be open to visitors and there will be a walk in Kelso led by local historian Christine Henderson which will focus on the town’s two bridges and the contribution of the River Tweed to the town’s history.

For more information see www.scottisharchaeologymonth.org.uk