Scottish Water dig up the past

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Scottish Water’s £113 million water mains renewal project was temporarily held up when they unearthed a bronze age burial ground in Duns.

It was listed as one of the more “unusual discoveries” as they worked on 1800 miles of pipes during the first phase of a five year programme to improve water quality and reduce water leakage by 44 per cent across Scotland.

The 3,000 year old Beaker burial ground in Duns is thought to have belonged to the group of bronze age people who spread out over Europe from Iberia, from the third millennium BC.

Their skills in metalwork and distinctive earthenware drinking vessels, which typically accompanied male burials, earned them the name The Beaker people.

The Beaker folk were probably the first settlers in the parish of Langton and Gavinton, and an ancient beaker and other relics were recovered from their cist burial on Hardens Hill and are now in the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh.