Chance to tour site of Bronze Age discoveries in Carnoustie

© DC ThomsonThe dig under way at Carnoustie in September 2016.
The dig under way at Carnoustie in September 2016.

Guided tours will be held next week at the Carnoustie ground that surrendered ancient artefacts after three millennia.

Staff from GUARD Archaeologists Ltd, who described the internationally significant hoard they uncovered as “the find of a lifetime”, will welcome visitors to the dig site at Balmachie for a look at the excavation works.

The site will soon make way for two grass football pitches.

There will be two open days at the site, near Carnoustie High School, with hourly guided tours on two days next week.

On Wednesday, the tours operate from midday, with the last starting at 3pm. On Thursday, the tours are from 10am, with the last at 3pm.

People will be able to hear at first-hand about the painstaking recovery of Bronze Age items that included a gold decorated spearhead and a bronze sword.

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Those who attend can also learn about the existence of a community on the Balmachie site that stretches even farther back to 4,000 years BC and Neolithic times.

The fragile hoard has now been removed.

No artefacts remain on site but a selection of images of the sword and spearhead artefacts, as well as images of the site plan will be on show.

The remarkable discovery led to calls for a centre for archaeology to be established in Carnoustie.

No booking is required and people are asked to attend at the Balmachie Road site, Carnoustie, if they want to join the guided tours.

Those involved are advised to wear sturdy outdoor footwear and be aware there is no parking available in the area surrounding the dig site.

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