The Big Dig: Paisley Abbey 2019 documents an 8-week excavation, the latest phase in the long-term archaeological investigation of one of Scotland's most intriguing monuments, the Great Drain of Paisley Abbey. Extending 90 m, this finely crafted stone-lined 6-ft high conduit supposedly took waste from the Abbey complex to the White Cart River. This film shows professional archaeologists and community volunteers working to increase our knowledge of the Abbey precinct, the construction of the Drain itself, and its impact on the community.

Produced in 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Copyright 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Web links:

Experts solve mystery of medieval tunnel beneath Paisley Abbey (The Scotsman)

History of Scotland (Wikipedia)

Paisley Abbey (Wikipedia)

Paisley Abbey Drain (Renfrewshire Local History Forum)

Paisley History (Paisley on the Web)