Anna Welti and the Wedigs Community Archaeology Project
SHORTLISTED CATEGORY E: Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
Having previously worked as a physics teacher, Anna Welti moved to Ullapool for a change of direction, which lead her to an interest in the archaeology of Wester Ross. She studied archaeology with Aberdeen University and from there developed a project around excavating six hut circle sites with local volunteers and school children. The project took place over two seasons and involved over 50 adult volunteers and children from 7 schools in different areas of Wester Ross, digging trail trenches under the supervision of an archaeologist. Anna did the bulk of the organisation and showed great powers of perseverance, braving both extremes of weather and clouds of midges by keeping cheerful with the thought of the cake at tea break. Through her leadership, the local community has gained a wealth of new skills and will now look at ruined structures from a completely different perspective.