Lost Scottish Village Reveals Ancient Secrets

A lost Scottish settlement, believed to have been founded 1,000 years ago is revealing its hidden secrets. The remains of four medieval structures, thought to be from the 10th or 11th centuries have been uncovered.  Hundreds of rare objects including coins, pistol shot, gaming pieces as well as fragments of glazed pottery and clay smoking pipes dating from the 14th to the 17th centuries, have been found on the site where the village of Cadzow in South Lanarkshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas) once stood. 

The items were discovered during work being undertaken on a road (the M74 motorway) next to the old village. Guard Archaeology have led the work. Archaeologists said the artefacts would enable them to get a picture of life in the settlement. The site where the buildings were found is close to the important original religious site of the Netherton Celtic Cross, where there would once have stood a church. The Celtic Cross was moved to Hamilton Old Parish Church in 1926 where it now stands. The objects found at the old settlement of Cadzow will be shown in nearby schools with a view to eventually going on display in a local museum.


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