In remote, secret places in The Southern Uplands of Scotland, sculptured kists can be found. These are the legacy of Waymerks, named after the hand-minted coins with which they were filled. Now the kists contain a new treasure.
Along the length of The Southern Upland Way small metal badges affixed to way-markers announce “Ultreia!” – on with your quest! These give clues to the whereabouts of…
Individually sculptured containers, 13 in number, hidden only a few paces from the path. Finders will experience the artist’s vision, their response to a place, the materials they chose to work with and the shape of container they devised. These art forms have lived through the Waymerks era and are, in keeping with the artist’s original idea, in a gradual state of decay.
Now they enter their final phase:
The Waymerks project lives on – a bright new treasure, conceived out of the old. Each kist contains a minted coin or token called a 13th. Along the 212 mile length of The Southern Upland Way, all these 13ths can be found. They show beautifully drawn images generated by young artists – of history, nature, architecture and technology. Take one with you, as you continue your journey. Each coin is a thirteenth part of the whole – the whole being The Hoard.
There is no need to move stuff around or dig holes keep your eyes open and look for anything unusual that’s the way to find a kist. After you have taken your 13th, please shut the lid. Also, follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code during your quest.
Wild animals may have made homes in some kists. Take a look, before reaching down inside!
Finding 13ths in kists is not guaranteed. After all, maybe a large party of people has just passed by an hour earlier, discovered the kist and emptied it. Each of them had as much right to a 13th as you. So, if the kist is empty, do not despair. Draw a picture of it or simply remember its appearance and where you found it. Better still, take a photograph! Then contact the appropriate Ranger Service . They will supply a Hoard 13th from the kist you found, for each named person in your group.