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Digging at The Pineapple

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People digging at the building shaped like a pineapple

If you keep an eye on archaeology stories in the news, you’ll know that the construction industry plays a central role in the discovery of the past. However, students from these two sectors rarely engage with one another (until they enter the workforce). 

Early in September, we worked with a range of partners on a four-day pilot project as part of an initiative called Building History. A group of archaeology students and construction students came together to learn from experts and each other before working on a survey and dig at The National Trust for Scotland’s Pineapple in Airth.

Although we know quite a bit about this strange building, the walled garden remains a mystery. Once the excavation began, the young people discovered that the walls weren’t built at the same time as the main structure and they appear to have moved and changed over the years. Broken glass, pottery and a clay pipe were all unearthed at the assumed site of the glasshouse, where the students were trying to find out when it was built, how it was used and what was grown inside. Possibly pineapples…

If you’d like to see the full report when it’s published or learn more about Building History, keep an eye on the #BuildingHistory17 hashtag on social media.

Photo credit: Chris MacKinnon 

This story originally appeared in our October 2017 e-newsletter. To sign up, visit the Contact Us page.