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Two other graves found on Stranraer farm

The GUARD Archaeology team unearthed an additional two empty cists at the farm in Stranraer.

The cists, which are ancient graves, indicated to the team that there was a possible attempt by the family of the young child to set aside graves near to the body.

The team also highlighted that stress indicators on the skeletal remains may have indicated a wider problem for the community at that time, perhaps a food shortage or onset of disease.

The report states that this implies that the community understood and planned an individual's burial practice well in advance of that person's death.

Child was malnourished at time of death

One of the team looking at the ancient pit Credit: GUARD Archaeology

Archaeological investigations carried out by a GUARD Archaeology team found that the child was malnourished at the time of death.

Warren Bailie and his team found that the skeletal remains belonged to a child aged between nine and twelve years old.

Tests carried out on the remains showed that the child suffered from malnutrition, indicated by dental enamel hypoplasia (DEH) and cribra orbitalia, both childhood stress indicators.

A radiocarbon date test placed the child's death in the early Bronze Age period.

One of the ancient pits Credit: GUARD Archaeology


Ancient child's skull found on Stranraer farm

The child's skull is believed to be around 3500 years old Credit: GUARD Archaeology

An ancient child's skull has been found on a farm in Stranraer.

Farmer Jock McMaster was ploughing his field when he came across the skull, which is thought to be around 3,500 years old.

Mr McMaster, uncovered a stone-lined pit at Blairbuy Farm after his plough dislodged when it made contact with the grave.

The burial 'cist' is believed to be one of the oldest ever found in Scotland.

The ancient burial pit Credit: GUARD Archaeology

Roman dig in Maryport reveals ancient temple

Archaeologists in one of the trenches at the dig Credit: ITV News Border

Archaeologists at a Roman dig in Maryport have been showing off what they have found in their third year of excavations on the site.

The team, from the Senhouse Museum Trust and Newcastle University, have two years of work left to do.

Professor Ian Haynes from Newcaslte University Credit: ITV News Border

Professor Ian Haynes, from Newcastle University said:

"We've opened three trenches here at Marport this year and we are currently in the trench that has opened up a classic Roman temple.

"It is the finest classical temple in the north-west of England. In fact it is the north-western most Classic temple in the Roman world."

Medieval spindle whorl found at ancient site

Spindle whorl found near Philiphaugh in Selkirk which is believed to date from the medieval period Credit: Southern Uplands Partnership

A spindle whorl, believed to be medieval, has been found at Philihaugh in Selkirk.

Workers from Scottish Water unearthed what could be remains of an ancient medieval village whilst carrying out water works.

Archaeologists are now working to discover how large the site is and how far the remains date back.

Medieval buildings cover a 'sizeable area' say archaeologists

The remains of a medieval village are thought to have been discovered on the outskirts of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Water was laying a new water main at Philiphaugh when workers made the discovery.

Archaeologists say that a number of stone buildings have been found across a sizeable area, suggesting that there may have been an entire settlement.

"We knew there had been something there, we just didn't know where it was.

"Now we have the village, and it is quite an extensive village.

"We have got a really extensive area of maybe half a kilometre where we have had buildings right along the road running to the salmon viewing centre."

– Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council say that the ancient remains will now be taken away for closer examination.

Carbon dating will be used to try to give a more precise timeframe for when the settlement was inhabited.


Archaeologists hail 'exciting discovery'

Scottish Water was carrying out the works at Philiphaugh on the outskirts of Selkirk whilst laying new pipes between Howden and Yarrowford.

A Scottish Borders Council's archaeologist said:

"It is an exciting discovery. It is not every day that medieval villages are found - most of them are known, this one was completely unknown."

– Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council