GUARD Archaeology Ltd, in partnership with the Renfrewshire Local History Forum, Renfrewshire Council, and Paisley Museum, will be undertaking a third season of archaeological investigation at Paisley Abbey Drain to coincide with the Doors Open Day weekend of 10-11 September 2011. The work will be similar to last year's excavation, and will be carried out by volunteers from the Renfrewshire Local History Forum and other local organisations under supervision by GUARD Archaeology staff and students. The excavation will run from Friday 2 September, when de-turfing will take place, with the excavation beginning on the weekend, and will finish on Monday 12 September.
This year, the trial excavations will take place at two locations. The trench opened during 2010 will be re-excavated and extended to the south, and another trench will be excavated to the north, away from the line of the medieval drain. The excavation will have three main aims