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Ice age artefacts found at Dunragit bypass

The new road cost £17 million Photo: ITV Border

Thousands of historical artefacts have been discovered during the construction of the new bypass at Dunragit.

Everything from food vessels and urns, to jet necklaces and thousands of Mesolithic flints have been found. They have now been unveiled by Transport Minister Keith Brown.

The treasure trove was unveiled to mark the early opening of the new £17 million road.

One of the most exciting finds was a seasonal hunting camp, the earliest known Mesolithic dwellings in south west Scotland, dating back to the end of the last ice age.

Iron age artefacts Credit: ITV Border

"We found a range of things including food vessels, drinking vessels, a bead necklace as well and also very interestingly a brooch made out of somebody's fibula which shows they were into recycling even 9000 years ago. It's a fascinating range of different artefacts."

– Keith Brown, MSP, Transport Minister
Height-restricted Challoch bridge is often hit Credit: ITV Border

The upgrade of the A75 has been going on for some time. The majority of the road is already open and has allowed lorries to bypass the notorious Challoch bridge.

Becuase of its height, it is is usually hit around eight times a year, causing traffic chaos on the road and the overhead railway.

Now parts of the route are dual carriageway motorists should find the stretch much easier to drive.

"We are trying to make the road there safer to access from the main road is very important for local people so the bypass which is being constructed is very well supported locally, welcomed, long waited for, so that is progress, that's construction these days, but we've also preserved construction from days gone by as well."

– Keith Brown, MSP, Transport Minister
The artefacts may be put on display in Dunragit Credit: ITV Border

The artefacts haven't yet been evaluated, but once they are a decision will be made on when and where they will be put on public display.

With so much interest in them in the south of Scotland it is hoped they could exhibited where they were found.