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Carstairs Castle

Recently a number of people have been undergoing training as part of an introduction to understanding the use of the Resistivity meter. The Resistivity meter is used to try and locate remains under the ground. This is done by measuring the resistance to sending a signal  into the ground, if there is a wall then the resistance will show up dark black and less resistance if there is a pit.

With the kind permission of Dr Charlie Anderson who looks after the land where the castle is believed to be located , a survey was undertaken under the direction of Alan Paton from Edinburgh. Half a dozen people helped Alan and got an introduction to the art of Resistivity Meter . Final results are still to come but the initial scans did show up a possible tower .

A  Medieval presence on the site was confirmed by the discovery of several late thirteenth/ early fourteenth century fragements of  partially glazed pottery. It was at this time that the Castle at Carstairs was built by the Bishop of Glasgow.

The photograph underneath show Jim Kane from Forth learning the finer arts of using the Resistivity meter.

Resistivity meters for beginners


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