Published Monday, 04 February 2013
Yes it's Bangor, the location for Week five of 'Ulster Unearthed'.
Day one and we hit Bangor seafront. Now, on the last dig at Ballycarry, if you remember, I was holed up in the car due to torrential rain and filming was running about three hours behind.
Similarly, this week we were somewhat delayed but this time lovely tourists came over for a bit ofbanter and to see what was going on. I was even brought a coffee by one well wisher. How nice!
Anyway why are we here? Well, we have come looking for evidence of early Scottish settlers houses.
With expert Nick Branning at my side off we go to Bangor Townhall where I am told we will find out more detail of their exact location.
Its gloves on and 'barely breathe' time as Nick produces the original Thomas Raven maps which show intricate detail of the houses' supposed location.
Why do such maps exist? Well James Hamilton, who pioneered the migration of the lowlands Scots to co. Antrim and co. Down commissioned them and so had detailed maps of his estates.
Well worth a trip to the townhall to see them. So impressive! Without a doubt Raven wanted to impress with these maps, the detail is exquisite.
So map in hand, or should i say copy of map in hand, off we go digging.
It's evidence of houses we came looking for and houses we find.
But..... from some thousands of years earlier!
Hope you enjoy.