Teenager Mark McGettigan has decided to join a community archaeology dig in the Scottish town of Govan. And during his time in the grounds of Govan Old Parish Church, the schoolboy sticks his prod into the ground in search of anything significant. Suddenly, though, he hits something hard, meaning it’s time to start digging. Then when McGettigan and his colleagues begin to shovel up the dirt, something stunning is revealed in the earth.
We’ll come back to the astounding find that McGettigan made. Firstly, though, let’s find out why this community archaeological dig – dubbed “Stones and Bones” – was taking place in this particular location in the west of Scotland. And the reason is simple: Govan and the surrounding area are steeped in a turbulent history that dates back thousands of years and encompasses the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde.
Today, Govan is a part of the wider metropolis of the city of Glasgow; back in early medieval times, though, it was an important town in the Kingdom of Strathclyde. And it seems that the area once played a crucial part in the early history of Christianity in Scotland. In the seventh century, you see, it’s said that a monastery was founded at the site of what is now Govan.