Bypass works unearth ancient local history

A treasure trove of ancient artefacts has been unearthed during the construction of the £17 million Dunragit bypass.

The fascinating finds on the A75 include a rare and complete 130-piece jet bead necklace dating to around 2000 BC – the first of its kind ever discovered in this area of Scotland.

All the artefacts found date across the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Iron Ages and include an Iron Age village, a Romano-British brooch, a Bronze Age cemetery complex, cremation urns and pottery sherds.

There are also early Neolithic flint tools including a flint arrowhead and over 13,500 Mesolithic flints.

Rod McCullagh, senior archaeology manager at Historic Scotland, said: “An unforeseen wealth of archaeological information has been recovered.

“In addition, numerous smaller sites have been discovered which seem to relate to the use and exploitation of the land both through hunting and farming.”

The agency had advised how best to carry out the road project while addressing the disturbance of any unknown archaeological remains along the road line through archaeological excavation and analysis.