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Roman Harbour discovered

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HHT-Bicker-21.02.17wMEMBERS of Helensburgh Heritage Trust found themselves with a different speaker and a different topic at their second open meeting of the year on Wednesday.

Originally they had been expecting Professor Dan Atkinson of Edinburgh-based Wessex Archaeology (Scotland) to talk on ‘The Samphire Project: Marine Archaeology on Wrecks around the Coasts of Argyll”.

A few days before the meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre the chairman of the Trust, the Rev David Clark, was told that, while the topic was unchanged, the speaker would be Isger Vico Sommer.

However he was replaced by another colleague, Dr Andrew Bicker, who spoke instead on ‘Investigating Coastal, Marine and Maritime Heritage: Recent Archaeological Discoveries on the west coast’.

He explained that Wessex Archaeology (Scotland) is a charitable company with 30 years involvement in heritage work. The Edinburgh team have individual and combined experience in undertaking a wide variety of projects in the UK and abroad.

He was involved in a recent project at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, when they investigated above ground and below water, excavating very old timbers — felled in 1217-18 — and what appears to be a stone built Roman Harbour at Brigurd Point.

HHT-2-21.02.17At the extreme tip of Brigurd Point, visible only at extreme low water, and never fully uncovered, are the foundations of a built harbour, 150ft wide and at least 180ft long.

Dr Bicker said: “Hunterston Sands preserves traces of Roman, medieval and post-medieval archaeology, with key aspects of 19th century maritime seascapes remaining underwater.

“Vernacular harbours and landing places are well preserved. Whilst challenging to investigate, they offer new resources for study.”

Mr Clark proposed the vote of thanks.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 24 February 2017 12:32 )  

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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