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  • 08/21/15--07:30: Moray Archaeology for All
  • Since the 1990s, National Museums Scotland have been  researching the Iron Age people of the Moray area, their links to the Roman world, and the development of the Picts. The Moray Archaeology for All community project has allowed the interaction of local people with all that goes on pre-, during and post-excavation. Volunteers and hundreds […]

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    Since 1856, the Glasgow Archaeological Society has been fostering public awareness of the importance of archaeology in increasing our understanding of the past through its programme of lectures, publications, field visits and other activities. During the winter months the society organises a series of monthly lectures by speakers from Britain and abroad. These illustrated lectures […]

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    September is a momentous month for Scottish archaeology. It opens with delegates gathering for the prestigious European Association of Archaeologists conference in Glasgow, and then launches into the inaugural Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Lesley McEwan guides us through some of the events on offer. It is with great excitement that we will launch the […]

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  • 03/15/16--03:11: Kildavie Excavation 2016
  • The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the early medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]

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    This field school will record the historical and archaeological sites dating to the 18th Century. The location of the project is inspired by a series of ‘Grand Tours’ of Scotland. The Tours were often facilitated by the construction of new military roads in Scotland, built in an attempt to ‘open up’ the Highlands following the […]

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  • 03/16/16--02:30: Newbarns Project
  •   Three kerb cairns dating from the Neolithic to the medieval, multi settlement eras. Numerous prehistoric cremation burials dating from Early Bronze Age to Iron Age in Galloway. Current excavation is concentrating on a series of pre-historic cremation pits and the defences of a medieval motte and bailey. Excavation will attempt to uncover the detail of […]

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    Battle Hill, Huntly named after a daring raid in 1307 during the Scottish Wars of Independence contains a variety of unmapped prehistoric settlement including Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic scatters, a potential Celtic hillfort and 3000 year old upstanding settlement as well as medieval and 19th century agriculture. Hillforts are elite Iron Age settlement and […]

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  • 03/16/16--04:11: Sheriffside
  • Destroyed in antiquity and appearing on no maps, Sheriffside was only rediscovered in 1981. Aerial photography picked up the parch marks of a large double ditched enclosure lying under pasture land and measuring over 150m in diameter. Initial trial excavations showed that the site was a complex hillfort, containing a series of ditches, banks and […]

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  • 05/23/16--01:39: Egyptology Scotland
  • A Scottish society promoting the study of Ancient Egypt. Full annual programme of lectures and activities. Lectures open to all, generally held in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Annual membership fee (October-September) £18, junior £8, lecture entry £3 members, £5 non-members. Contact Details Email: ChairEgScotland@yahoo.co.uk Web: egyptology-scotland.squarespace.com Facebook: facebook.com/groups/821320844551607 Twitter: twitter.com/EgyptScotland Address: Claire Gilmour 75 Canal Street Saltcoats North […]

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    A Roman assault on a hillfort in Scotland The ancient author Josephus once observed of the Roman military that ‘their training manoeuvres are battles without bloodshed, and their battles manoeuvres with bloodshed’. The difficulty in distinguishing between these states is well illustrated by the residue from a Roman artillery barrage at Burnswark. Were they aiming […]

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    The true nature of the events that played out at Burnswark in the 2nd century AD has long excited speculation. Two Roman camps were aggressively positioned to hold a former native hillfort in a vice-like grip, but does this dramatic arrangement testify to a desperate siege, or a rigorous military training regime? Now an ingenious new approach to studying the […]

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    Listen to John Reid, author of our cover feature Bullets, ballistas and Burnswark, discuss his research at Burnswark Hill on Radio 4’s Today (2 June 2016). The hill in Dumfriesshire is home to a 17-acre native hillfort held in a vice-like grip by two Roman camps. This configuration of Roman camps straddling a hillfort is unique in Britain, and attempts to […]

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  • 12/01/16--01:51: Current Archaeology 322
  • Archaeology is alive with uncertainties. Time and again new sites or technologies upend longstanding theories. All this month’s featured sites show the sometimes fractious relationship between fresh research and what we think we know. Early digging at a newly discovered Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Great Ryburgh unearthed a rare coffin created from a hollowed-out tree. The […]

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  • 01/09/17--01:55: Moredun Top 2017
  • Moredun Top dig is back for the third and final year excavating the complex Iron Age hillfort. The dig runs from Tuesday 25 April – Saturday 20 May. Findings from the last two digs include a possible dun or broch, parts of shale bracelets, quern stones, a pivot stone, gaming pieces, stone lamps, beads, and […]

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  • 03/14/17--10:24: Kildavie Excavation 2017
  • The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]

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  • 04/11/17--02:48: Swartigill Iron Age Project
  • The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early […]

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    Why were Pictish symbols carved into Trusty’s Hill, far to the south of where they usually occur? Investigation of a hillfort towering over the images reveals that the site developed into a prosperous centre in the 6th century AD, and may even have been at the heart of the lost kingdom of Rheged. If so, […]

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    The Pictish carvings etched near the summit of Trusty’s Hill, a vitrified hillfort in Dumfries and Galloway, are as enigmatic as they are striking, located far to the south of where you would expect to fi nd this kind of artwork. But how old are the carvings, are they even genuine, and what can archaeology […]

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    In 1653, a small Cromwellian warship was lost off the west coast of Scotland. Excavated between 1992 and 2003, the wreck of the Swan yielded finds that tell stories of cutting-edge weaponry, mishaps on board, and plunder. Now the full report has been published, Colin Martin reveals the ship’s secrets and explains why wrecks are […]

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    Burghead Fort, near Lossiemouth in Moray, is thought to have been a significant Pictish seat of power, being the biggest fort of its type in Scotland. However, it was long believed that the site had been largely destroyed by 19th-century development. Now archaeological work has revealed the presence of a surviving building with intact floor […]

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