Volunteers take a trip back in time

Volunteers help sort the hazel needed for the Iron Age roundhouse
Volunteers help sort the hazel needed for the Iron Age roundhouse

As proposals for the Iron Age roundhouse proposed for Whithorn go under scutiny by Dumfries and Galloway Council planners, preparations for the historic construction are already under way.

Members of the public are being invited to create history by helping to create pictorial walls to tell the story.

Whithorn Trust spokesperson Julia Muir Watt explains: “Some of our volunteers helped sort hazel rods into bundles, ready for transport to the Whithorn Trust site.

“The bundles will be used for weaving, and community groups have been invited to come forward to join in making history – by weaving their own panels into the walls of the soon-to-be-commenced Iron Age roundhouse.

“Experts will work with members of the public on the techniques which are thousands of years old. The trust will be holding an ancient tool-making workshop at the end of May with a professional blacksmith to try out making axes and other tools Iron Age builders would have used.

“In June, an expert from Edinburgh University will work with the trust and members of the public on different wall construction techniques.

“There is speculation that one possibility is that the walls of the Myrton roundhouse may have been rammed earth or turf, and the trust will be working with Iron Age architectural experts on some messy building techniques.

“Workshops will take place on the last weekend of May and the last weekend of June, with further workshops and training on Iron Age building techniques throughout the summer, once full construction starts.”

The ambitious project to build a roundhouse was sparked after AOC Archeology discovered an Iron Age settlement near the Black Loch of Myrton last year.

In January, the Whithorn Trust secured £87,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund money for the project.