Please find below all project reports for surveys, conducted by volunteers, as part of Discovering Dumfries and Galloway’s Past. These are all interim reports – like all geophysical survey data, the results of any survey require much careful analysis before interpretations can be made.
These are technical reports – but they present the results in a wider context, and there’s plenty of background information telling you about what we were hoping to find. Brief summaries of the results are also included, but please feel free to contact us if you would like any further details.
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- Castledykes Park, Dumfries
- Innermessan, near Stranraer
- Corehead, near Moffat
- Barwhill, Gatehouse-of-Fleet
- Kelton Mains, Threave
- Langholm Castle
Have you ever wondered how archaeologists interpret this data? We have written a new page to try and explain it all. See Mapping the Past.
*Castledykes Park, Dumfries
Resistance survey showed a number of interesting features across an area where the Royal Castle of Dumfries once stood – mostly rubble associated with landscaping across the park . One area on top of Castle Hill was of particular interest, as survey suggested a defined building foundation, a circle of stonework measuring 5m across.
Download pdf [Castledykes Park, Dumfries: Interim Report on Resistance Survey]
*Innermessan, near Stranraer
Volunteers undertook a week long programme of resistance and magnetic survey over two areas at Innermessan, to the north of Stranraer. Around the base of the upstanding motte, a number of features of interest were recorded, including an apparently double-ditched feature which may be cut by the 12th-century motte ditch.
Download pdf [Innermessan, near Stranraer: Interim Report on Resistance and Magnetic Survey]
*Corehead, near Moffat
Volunteers undertook a single day of resistance survey to the immediate North of Corehead Farm, near to the head of Annan Water. A range of historic documents as well as a map of 1590 provide evidence for a tower at ‘Ye Corhead’, although the site for this tower remains unlocated, and it is not depicted on further mapping. The main aim of the survey was to test the suitability of resistance survey as a prospection technique across this area.
Download pdf [Corehead, near Moffat: Interim Report on Resistance Survey]
Volunteers undertook a single day of magnetic and resistance survey on a field adjacent to Girthon Cemetery at Gatehouse, where cropmarks observed on aerial photographs had suggested a number of enclosures – interpreted as barrows, and the line of the Glenlochar to Loch Ryan Roman Road ran. A square double ditched enclosure was visible in survey, that it possibly not related to either of these features.
Download pdf [Barwhill, Gatehouse-of-Fleet: Interim Report on Resistance and Magnetic Survey]
*Kelton Mains, Threave
Volunteers joined us for a week of magnetic and resistance survey at Kelton Mains, part of the NTS Threave Estate, near Castle Douglas. On top of Meikle Wood Hill, aerial photographs had suggested a substantial double-ditched enclosure of possible later prehistoric date. As well as tracing the line of the ecnlosure, survey identified several pit-like features, both inside and outside the enclosure.
Download pdf [Kelton Mains, Threave: Interim Report on Resistance and Magnetic Survey]
Local volunteers and school children joined us to help survey the area around the standing remains (an end gable wall) of Langholm Castle. The pilot survey appears to show a wet ditch which has been revetted with stone on one side. Additionally, a number of curious building platforms were located.
Download pdf [Langholm Castle: Interim Report on Resistance Survey]