Work has had to be halted after significant human remains were uncovered in one small section whilst excavating inside the Barony building on Friday13 May by the contractors, who immediately called a halt to the work and informed WKCIL of the find.
Headland Archaeology Limited was immediately informed and surveyed the site on Friday afternoon, arranging for a team of archaeologists to be on site Monday 16th.Â In addition, a senior representative of the West Of Scotland Archaeological Service has been on site to confirm procedure and commented,
â€œThis is a totally unexpected development as it is highly unusual to find burials inside post Reformation church buildings, in fact there were rules against this practice.â€
The foundations excavation and mini piling of the external cafÃ© extension area has proceeded and, in keeping with the original Archaeological Survey carried out before work commenced, it must be emphasized no human remains have been found in this area.
Work will recommence on the internal fit out once the archaeology survey has been completed.