Calling for Udal artefacts to come home to North Uist

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Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, last week got a chance to see some of the enormous array of artefacts excavated over half a century at Udal in North Uist, and joined calls for there to be a place for these artefacts to be conserved and displayed in North Uist.

Speaking after his visit to the artefacts, which are currently mainly stored in Glasgow, Alasdair Allan commented:

“The Udal artefacts represent an amazing array of finds from periods as far removed as the Neolithic and Viking ages.

“Decades after it was first brought to light, this huge collection is only now beginning to be properly recorded and conserved. I believe that it’s time the public in the islands got a chance to see some of this material on a permanent basis. Items as varied as ancient combs, coins and pottery are all beginning to shed light on the life of people in Uist over a period of thousands of years.

“I will be joining the team of archaeologists currently working on the collection and community representatives when they meet Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, later this month, we will be making the argument that a long term home in the islands for these objects would bring cultural and economic benefits to the local community.”

Alasdair is pictured with Beverly Ballin Smith who is Lead Researcher of the Udal project, on the right is Comhairle nan Eilean Siar archaeologist, Deborah Anderson.