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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Archaeologists discover 1000 year old 'lost' village of Cadzow in Scotland

S,O.T.T: Construction work to upgrade Central Scotland's motorway network on the M74 near Hamilton has unearthed a rare archaeological discovery, including remnants of a medieval village and a collection of medieval coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th Century.

The discovery was made on the verge of the M74 motorway near Junction 6 Hamilton, opposite Hamilton Services, where the carriageway is being widened as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

Keith Brown, Minister for Infrastructure, Investments and Cities, visited the site and viewed the rare collection of coins and artefacts, which archaeologist believe to be more than 1000 years old and could finally identify the location of the lost village of Cadzow.

Mr Brown said: "When complete, the upgrade of the M8, M73 and M74 motorways will greatly improve journey time reliability and provide opportunities for business, leisure and tourism industries throughout the central belt and beyond - not only that, these works are helping uncover Scotland's ancient past.

"This dig has unearthed two medieval structures, nine mediaeval coins, gaming pieces, shards of pottery and a lead pistol shot, possibly from the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679) - collectively, they provide a rare insight into life in Scotland in the Middle Ages...read more>>>...