A programme of small-scale trial excavations is planned at Tongland Abbey from April. The aim of the investigation is to gain a better understanding of the general layout of the Abbey, which was founded in 1218 by Alan, lord of Galloway. Although a remnant of the Abbey forms part of the north wall of the old parish church, the plan of this formerly extensive site is at present obscure. The excavations follow a geophysical survey carried out last year.
Excavation will continue throughout the year, working on average one day per week. If any members are interested in volunteering to help with this project – for a few hours or a full day – please contact David Devereux at firstname.lastname@example.org . Previous archaeological experience is not necessary; training will be given.