The Archaeology of the M74: Major publication on Glasgow’s industrial past is out

M74 Completion Project, Glasgow

The Archaeology of the M74: Major publication on Glasgow’s industrial past is out

A major monograph has just been published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The Birth of Industrial Glasgow: the Archaeology of the M74 describes the findings of excavations along the route of the new road extension linking the M74 with the M8 which now cuts through southern Glasgow.

This was one of Headland’s biggest projects, conducted as a joint venture with PCA. The excavation was run over the winter of 2007/2008 taking in two major industrial sites: the Caledonian Pottery and the Govan Ironworks, as well as a site of a demolished tenement block on Kinning Street, a complex of industrial buildings on Scotland Street and various smaller sites.

The book outlines the findings, combining archaeological and artefactual evidence with historical research and oral history recordings from people who once lived and worked at the sites.

The book is generously illustrated in full colour with sections on cotton, rope-making and engineering works, the Govan Ironworks, the Caledonian Pottery, transport, warehousing, and food production, and the evidence for housing, including purpose-built workers cottages and residential tenements. There is also a number of features covering subjects such as the products of the Caledonian pottery, the technology of the Govan Ironworks, the families who stayed at some of the sites, sports, games, food, pets, electrical fittings, smoking and other areas of interest.

The book provides a fascinating insight not only into, the now largely lost world of, industrial Glasgow but also into the people who made it, lived and worked in it and used its products.

The book is available to buy from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website for £25 M74 publication