A team of archaeologists have pinpointed the site of Govan’s historic open air senate for the very first time.
Excavations over the past two years have identified that Doomster Hill, which dates back to the late first century would have been sited to the east of where Water Row stands today.
The prominent feature stood near the river, north of the present Govan Cross. It was removed in the early 19th century and Reid’s Dyeworks erected on the site.
Govan is an area with a rich history. Saint Constantine’s sarcophagus, which is held at Govan Old Church, is thought to date from 550AD, and it may in fact be King Constantine’s own coffin from the late 800s.
It was not just a religious centre, but was also home to the King of Strathclyde’s church and palace – across the river from the royal estate at Partick.
The look back in time comes as Govan is about to change again under the Townscape Heritage Initiative and Central Govan action plan.
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