Medieval drain measuring 300ft long found in Scotland

Mail Online | 7/19/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A stunningly well-preserved 300ft long stretch of drain tunnel has been discovered in Scotland and is being heralded as one of the best preserved examples ever found.

The 14th century medieval remnant was found beneath Paisley Abbey and a summer project has seen it carefully uncovered.

Tunnel - Feet - Banks - River - Time

They found the tunnel ends around ten feet (3m) from the banks of the present-day river, which would have been wider and shallower at the time the drain was built.

The find is now being covered up again, but the discovery could help lead to a more permanent visitor attraction opening up access to the drain in the future.

Abbey - Drain - Big - Dig - Renfrewshire

The eight-week Abbey Drain Big Dig was coordinated by Renfrewshire Council and led by Guard Archaeology Ltd.

More than 6,500 people visited the dig over the eight weeks, which also saw a strong community element, with volunteers from the local history forum taking part, and a series of events and seminars for residents and visitors.

Dig - Leader - Bob - Will - Guard

Dig leader Bob Will of Guard Archaeology described the condition of what the team found as 'incredible'.

He said: 'We found more than I was expecting and it is really exciting.

End - Drain - Wall - Monastery

'We found the end of the drain and what was the boundary wall of the monastery.

'The river was wider and shallower in those days - much more than in the last couple of hundred years, as the walls now surrounding it are artificial.

Parts - Drain - Date - Mid-14th-century

'The main parts of the drain date back to the mid-14th-century and are incredibly well preserved.

'It goes as least as far as the road in front of Renfrewshire House.

Types - Drains - Areas

'Often these types of drains are in rural areas not...
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