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Cairnpapple Exhibition at Broxburn

Historic artefacts, August 4th 2003

A NEW exhibition is showcasing historic artefacts that have not been seen in public in West Lothian for over 5000 years.

Monuments in a Landscape Objects from Cairnpapple was officially opened in Broxburn Library last week.

The display shows historic artefacts on loan from the National Museums of Scotland (NMS), some of which have never been on public view in West Lothian since they were discovered.

The exhibition was opened by Councillor Bert Gamble, West Lothian Council spokesman on Arts and Culture, with special guest MP Tam Dalyell, whose mother played a part in encouraging the original excavation of Cairnpapple Hill in the Bathgate Hills.

Councillor Gamble said: "I'm absolutely delighted to see these artefacts on display for the people of West Lothian. I hope it encourages local young people and schools to go and view this fascinating exhibition.

"It's a history that's never been shown before, and it raises the cultural profile of West Lothian.

"We'd like to thank Doctor Alison Sheridan from the NMS for all her hard work in making this exhibition happen."

The display has been organised by West Lothian Council Museums Service, in partnership with the Archaeology Department of the NMS and Historic Scotland.

Dr Alison Sheridan from the NMS Archaeology department has provided fascinating explanations of the objects on show, some of which will go to the Cairnpapple Hill visitor centre after the exhibition.

Cairnpapple is recognised as one of Scotland's most important prehistoric sites.

The hill was used as a funeral site at various times, beginning from the neolithic period around 2800 BC, through the Bronze and early Iron Ages, to early Christian times around 400 AD.

Since the site was excavated in the 1940s, visitors can see the remnants of a neolithic wooden henge, and enter the striking cairn centrepiece, reconstructed after the excavation.

The Objects from Cairnpapple exhibition runs until November 8th 2003, in Broxburn Library, West Main Street, during library opening hours.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th August 2003ce
Edited 4th August 2003ce

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