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Archaeology Fortnight 2017 >The Big Waggonway Dig



The Big Waggonway Dig


Led by the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group, come and try your hand at archaeology as we uncover the remains of part of the Cadell’s 1815 iron railway at Cockenzie Harbour.


There are loads of different tasks to help with, from digging to cleaning finds and with ‘living history’ salt making at Cockenzie House & Gardens, storytelling from Tim Porteus and much, much more, there’s something for all the family.


Drop by any time to see the dig, or join a guided tour of the site, daily at 11:30.


We’re also encouraging members of the local community to dig in their own gardens for clues of the coal, salt, glass and fishing industries which were the backbone of Cockenzie and Port Seton for centuries – a handy info pack will be available to pick up from our Big Dig HQ at Cockenzie House & Gardens.


This is a free event, but we encourage donations to the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group.


All donations go towards the delivery of our local heritage projects, including the forthcoming creation of a Waggonway & Cockenzie House Heritage Museum/Exhibition.



Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Booking required for full dig sessions - this event is now fully booked


NO DOGS PLEASE EXCEPT GUIDES DOGS