Kirkcolm Old Churchyard Survey – 25/26 February 2022

Kirkcolm Old Churchyard Survey – 25/26 February 2022

As part of the Rhins Revealed Community Archaeology Project, AOC Archaeology Group invite you to take part in a detailed survey of Kirkcolm Old Churchyard. This will comprise measured survey using a total station as well as photography and the creation of written records. No previous experience is necessary since participants will receive training in all aspects of the survey, and participants may attend on one or both days.

The remains of Kirkholm’s old parish church, St Columba’s, are found just to the east of Kirkcolm village. A church was recorded at this location as early as the late 13th century and was in use up to the 19th century.

St Columba’s was demolished and replaced in 1821 by the existing parish church on Church Road. The Kilmorie Stone, an intricately carved cross-slab dating to the 9th or 10th century, was used as a lintel in Kirkcolm’s old church; when the church was demolished, the cross-slab was removed and taken to the site of the new parish church, where it remains today.

Participation is free and open to all but places are limited, so please sign up in advance. Equipment will be provided. We will walk around 200m from parking to site, and sturdy footwear is recommended.

Please contact Charlotte Douglas, Community Archaeologist,  for more information and/or to register to take part.