Full house for Trusty’s Hill talk

There was not a spare seat available when over 130 people packed into the Community Centre to hear the latest about the Trusty’s Hill excavation.

An audience made up of volunteers, who had taken part in the excavation, local people and members of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society waited in expectation to learn of the results of last year’s excavation. 
Archaeologists Ronan Toolis and Chris Bowles gave a thrilling account of the analysis of the findings.
Archaeologists were once sceptical of the authenticity of the carved stone at the entrance to Trusty’s Hill.  But analysis of a laser scan of the stone shows its style  to be consistent with the construction of the fort about 600 AD.  As at Dunadd the carved stoneat Trusty’s Hill flanks the entrance along with, what may well be a ceremonial pool.  Inside the fort the finds of pottery indicate an elite site, where the occupants traded with Gaul and this is backed up by other finds such as a beautiful iron pin, which had just seemed like a rusty nail when found and a finely decorated metal roundel used for a harness, which looked like the base of an old cartridge case when found by one of the volunteers.  The discovery of these and other objects for jewellery making, leather and textile working  point to Trusty’s Hill being a centre of power in 6th and 7th century lowland Scotland.
The All Our Stories Project, Gatehouse of Fleet in the Dark Ages, will build on the archaeological research to make the results readily available to the people of Gatehouse and visitors.  The archaeologists will now produce material for a series of information panels for exhibition at the Mill on the Fleet and there will be a training day for all those who would like to offer guided walks to friends, family and visitors.  Further information will be provided on the web site.
Keep in touch with updates of the analysis on the Galloway Picts web site: