On Wednesday Whithorn Trust staff showed children from Whithorn School round the town’s museum and explained how Roman and Celtic culture was integrated in the Machars.
The children viewed Roman items from National Museums Scotland, which were originally found in the drained Dowalton Loch in the 1860’s. The P6 class members were surprised to find they could interview a Roman legionnaire, who had encamped at Bladnoch fort, and a local crannog dweller, who traded and adopted Roman items, including the spectacular Roman saucepan or patera, probably offered as a dedication to pagan gods by being deposited in the waters of the loch. His descendants became the Christian converts at Whithorn, adopting Latin names and language. The children discovered that the two races were much more involved with each other than was originally thought.
The Trust is working with Whithorn School for several weeks, introducing the children to people from the various cultures which populated Whithorn through its 1600 years of history.