An event for fun ‘Roman’ around Kirky

A living history enactment group who model themselves on the 6th Roman Legion.
A living history enactment group who model themselves on the 6th Roman Legion.

East Dunbartonshire’s Roman roots will be revealed this Saturday, September 12 at three mystery locations in Kirkintilloch town centre.

With the help of a friendly Roman “ghost”, participants of all ages will move from one location to another to enjoy epic tales, behind-the-scenes experiences and more. The true nature of the area will be revealed throughout the event, as imaginations are let loose, hidden forts are exposed and long-forgotten stories are uncovered.

But residents will have to keep their wits about them, as the locations will only be revealed 24 hours before the event.

This free event will begin at 2pm. Details will be released the day before the event through Dig It! 2015’s website at and social media, including Facebook and Twitter (@digit2015) using #RomanFlashmob.

A small amount of walking will be required, and most of the activities will take place outdoors at covered locations.

The Roman Flashmob is part of East Dunbartonshire’s Doors Open Days, as well as Dig It! 2015’s wider programme of events celebrating Scottish archaeology. The event also forms part of the Dig Where You Stand campaign, in partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Dr Jeff Sanders, archaeologist and Dig It! 2015 Project Manager, said: “Kirkintilloch and Bearsden once stood as the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire, and Kirkintilloch has been described as “the greatest fort of all” on the Antonine Wall. This is a place of powerful defences, mysterious alters and Roman soldiers, and we can’t wait to delve into these stories on Saturday.”

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