An Angus trove of ancient relics is likely to hold “a great deal of fascination” with the public as archaeologists go back on site this week.
Diggers were about to lay the foundations for new playing fields in Carnoustie when surveyors hit on evidence of a Bronze Age settlement.
Further exploration by a team of experts uncovered an Iron Age structure and items including a Bronze Age sword adorned with gold.
Angus Council remained at the site over the weekend and its culture spokesman said anticipation is high for what the dig could turn up next.
Councillor Donald Morrison said: “This is a very exciting development and one that we will all watch with a great deal of fascination and interest over the next couple of weeks.
“We requested that this programme of work be carried out after a required evaluation of the site unearthed several archaeological features that were considered to be prehistoric.
“The archaeologists currently on site will continue with their detailed excavations on areas identified as being of archaeological significance.
“This is an important piece of work in terms of all our history, as it will ensure that the area is properly investigated and recorded.
“I look forward to finding out more as the excavation continues and hopefully learning more about the history of our Angus ancestry.”
The local authority last year approved the lease of land to Carnoustie Panmure Football Club on a peppercorn lease of £1 per annum for 99 years.
The dig has temporarily halted work on the registered charity’s new 3G pitches, which are intended for community use.
Chief archaeologist Alan Hunter-Blair said that the dig, next to Carnoustie High School, is in its “early days” but is already uncovering evidence about life north of the Tay before records began.
His five-person team from Guard Archaeology are set to keep digging for at least another fortnight, and will be joined by project manager Warren Bailie for the first time today.