Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland is inviting amateurÂ archaeologists to come along and get their hands dirty as it seeks to uncover theÂ hidden secrets of the Newhailes estate, from Thursday 18 September to Monday 22Â September.
Led by Trust archaeologist, Dr Daniel Rhodes, the project takes place as part ofÂ East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight. Members of the public are invited to register to take part in the dig by emailingÂ email@example.com, or folk are welcomeÂ to wander by to see what secrets are being uncovered.
Newhailes is renowned for its stunning neo-palladian house, packed with theÂ beautiful furniture and artworks that the Dalrymple family collected over the years.Â However, its designed landscape is of outstanding heritage significance.
Archaeologist Daniel Rhodes said, “As with any estate with such a long history, the landscape at Newhailes hasÂ developed and altered over the centuries. We hope to discover some of the featuresÂ from years gone by. This information will not only tell us more about how theÂ Dalrymples lived, but will also help us to inform future plans for the estate andÂ the Trust’s work there.”
The designed landscape at Newhailes is an excellent example of the ‘natural’ styleÂ and was laid out in the 18th century with sequenced walks and raised terraces. MostÂ of the original structures and design survive to some extent and this high level ofÂ preservation means that there are many archaeological layers which could beÂ discovered.
Digging takes place from 10am until 4pm from Thursday 18 September until Monday 22Â September.