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Digging together to build history

Digging together to build history

20 Sep 2017

The Scottish Funding Council has been the catalyst for a unique 4-day project which brought together 40 construction and archaeology students and culminated in an archaeological dig at the iconic Pineapple in Airth.

Construction students from Forth Valley College and archaeology students from the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen enjoyed specialist training followed by a two-day excavation as part of the pioneering Building History project with the SFC-funded Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Dig It 2017.

During the excavation work the students discovered drainage ditches which may lead to a better understanding of how the hothouse at Dunmore  Park was designed and constructed. Considered state-of-the-art when it was built in 1761, the hothouse once provided the climate in which pineapples and other exotic fruit could be cultivated in Scotland.

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “Bringing together university and college students on a real life site is an inventive way to new build skills and connections. Building History will provide new ideas for current courses as well as help to shape new ones, making sure that students are prepared for all aspects of their future work.”