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PICTURES: Divers hope to unlock the past as archaeologists dig for Jacobite treasures in Inverness for the River Hunters TV show on Sky History – spotted in the River Ness last week and have also been searching the River Nairn for items relating to the Battle of Culloden and the rebellion


By Ian Duncan

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A group of archaeologists has been digging for Jacobite treasures in Inverness for a new TV show.

The team was spotted in the River Ness last week and have also been searching the River Nairn for items relating to the Battle of Culloden and the Jacobite rebellion.

Any finds will feature in the third series of River Hunters, to be broadcast on the Sky History channel.

Show producer Calum Davenport, who is originally from Drumnadrochit but now lives in Glasgow, said there was no set broadcast date and added: “We filmed at Faillie and Nairnside – two beautiful locations on the River Nairn – on Wednesday and spent the day in the River Ness on Thursday.”

He said they had already made some discoveries.

“I don’t want to give too much away but there were some finds that can certainly be dated around the time of the battle and many that fall outwith the time range but give a good indication of what Highland life must have been like centuries ago,” he said.

However there were also some more modern finds.

He said: “By the Ness Bridge we found a lot of modern two pence pieces – it must be a custom to flick them off the bridge. I’d never known about this. The metal detectors were going crazy!”


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