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Vote for our hidden gem - the Mausoleum

Published: Friday, 14 July 2017

Vote for our hidden gem - the Mausoleum

Vote for our hidden gem - the Mausoleum

There is still time to vote for Hamilton's Mausoleum which has been shortlisted as one of Scotland’s Hidden Gems.

Sites across Scotland are vying for votes as part of Dig It! 2017’s year-long celebration of archaeology with everyone being invited to take part in crowning the country’s six most spectacular Hidden Gems.

Hamilton Mausoleum is in with a real chance with its "Whispering Wa's" record-breaking echo but we are up against some stiff competition with other sites including a hill fort with rumoured links to Arthurian legend and Viking-age monuments tucked away in Govan in Glasgow.

More than 20 of the shortlisted sites have already been “revealed” on social media through the #ScotlandinSixHG hashtag.

Dr Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2017 Project Manager, said: “We had such a great time coordinating the World Heritage Day events as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and we wanted to do something similar for these lesser-known but equally spectacular sites. Since we have six of these iconic World Heritage Sites, we thought it would be fitting to invite the public to pick six Hidden Gem counterparts.”

Partners from across the country, ranging from small community groups to national heritage organisations, have helped nominate the sites. Once the votes have been tallied, Dig It! 2017 will work closely with these organisations to celebrate the six winning sites with six different events during Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) in September.

Dr Doug Rocks-Macqueen, SAM Coordinator at Archaeology Scotland, added: “Scottish Archaeology Month is an annual celebration of history, heritage and archaeology around Scotland in September, and we’re excited to have the Hidden Gems as the marquee events for the 20th anniversary. I can think of no better way to celebrate Scotland's past than highlighting the heritage chosen by popular vote.”

To explore the sites and vote for your favourites, visit or