SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has declared her support for the nationally significant collection of archaeological finds from the site of the new Dunragit by-pass to be permanently displayed in Galloway.
Having viewed some of the artefacts recently with the Transport Minister Keith Brown, including the only complete jet necklace to have been discovered in Scotland, Aileen has contacted the National Museums of Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council in support of the collection coming back to Galloway as well as lodging a parliamentary motion on the subject.
Aileen commented: “I was delighted and privileged to actually handle these incredibly rare and historically significant objects recently. Not only are they of considerable historical significance many have survived so well that they are very beautiful in their own right.
“I also had the opportunity to visit some of the dig sites during the bypass construction and meet some of the archaeologists doing the excavations.
“In my view this collection needs to be permanently displayed in Galloway, since it was found here and is an important part of this region’s rich and ancient cultural heritage.
“I do think that this collection would help to attract visitors since it is so unique and extremely important. It could also provide a valuable educational resource for the region’s young people to help them learn more about the very early history of their region.
“I am very pleased that both National Museums Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council have expressed a strong interest in the collection being permanently displayed in the region and I very much hope that is what will happen.”