EAST Lothian’s archaeology fortnight kicks off today (Friday) with a busy programme of in-person and online events.

The fortnight, which celebrates East Lothian’s rich history, heritage and archaeology, runs until September 19 and offers everything from excavations to workshops, guided walks and online presentations.

Archaeologists from the 1722 Waggonway Project are returning to the sites of two recent discoveries, continuing with excavations of Cockenzie Salt Pans and Scotland’s earliest railway.

A commemoration of the 1650 Battle of Dunbar with the Scottish Battlefield Trust will help get the fortnight of events started, while the programme concludes with the popular re-enactment weekend for the Battle of Prestonpans, returning after a three-year hiatus.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to explore the history and archaeology of many towns and villages in East Lothian through guided walks – from the seven bridges of Musselburgh or Dunbar’s Old Parish Graveyard, to the remains of Second World War defences surviving in Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve.

Fantoosh Sketching will also lead sketch and wander sessions in Tranent and Cockenzie.

The launch of exhibitions celebrating ‘100 years of East Lothian’ and ‘25 years of East Lothian Council’ also takes place.

Provost John McMillan said: “Celebrating East Lothian’s fascinating history, this year’s Archaeology and Heritage Fortnight boasts a varied programme of events.

“Whether you engage online or attend in-person, it promises to be an exciting fortnight for all of us who love East Lothian – regardless of whether you’re new to the county, have lived here for many years or even live further afield.”

To view the full list of both online and in-person events for Archaeology Fortnight 2021, visit www.johngraycentre.org