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SAM 2009 INFORMATION

Archaeology Scotland 2009 Event Highlights Symbols


Archaeology Scotland is the national centre for knowledge and expertise for Scottish archaeology. We
bring together those for whom archaeology is an interest, an active pastime or a career. We support local Aberdeen 4 AB
archaeological initiatives and campaign for the best possible conservation and management for our her- Aberdeenshire 6 AB Advanced Booking with organiser required
itage. For more information on what we do and how you can get involved check out our website: EW
www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk or contact us at: Angus 7 EW Easy Walk Suitable for most levels of fitness
Archaeology Scotland, Suite 1a, Stuart House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB Argyll and Bute 8 MW Medium Walk An intermediate level of fitness
T: 0845 872 3333 | E: info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk Ayrshire and Arran 10 MW required
Dumfries and Galloway 11 HW
Scottish Archaeology Month HW Hard Walk A long or strenuous walk, suitable for
Dundee 13 those with a reasonable level of fitness
One of our best-loved initiatives is Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM). Every autumn through SAM we
aim to make the archaeology of Scotland as accessible as possible to the public through a series of free East Lothian 14 EX
EX Excavation See an excavation in progress
events. You’ll find something for all ages and abilities in the guide and we even have a separate SAM for East Renfrewshire 16
Schools! Programme. Regulars to SAM will notice a few changes to this year’s guide. For one thing we’ve
SK Archaeological Skills Learn about the skills
Edinburgh 17 SK
added some images to our listings - some of these are pictures of the sites and monuments in our event’s archaeologists use
programme, while others are simply iconic sites and artefacts which are closely associated with the region
Fife 18
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T Talk
- designed to tempt you to explore your archaeology further! Glasgow 21
Highland 24 E
E Exhibition
SAM would not be possible without the involvement of volunteers who carry out these walks, talks, exhi- Inverclyde 26
bitions, workshops and open days. SAM events are organised by professional and amateur archaeologists RE
RE Re-enactment or Performance
from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Without their contribution SAM would be impossible, but, Moray 36
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AS Ancient Skills See skills used by people in the past
of course, their work continues throughout the year. This brochure gives you a little more information on Orkney 27
some of the organisations working in your region which can help you learn about and get involved with Perth and Kinross 28 ED Education Event An event exclusively for schools,
Scotland’s archaeology. Fuller event listings for SAM and SAM for Schools! are available online at:
www.scottisharchaeologymonth.org.uk
Renfrewshire 28 ED colleges, or education groups. Contact event organ-
isers for details
Scottish Borders 29
Doors Open Days Shetland 30 DoD Joint Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open
DoD Days event
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every week- South Lanarkshire 31
end in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, Stirling 31 YAC Young Archaeologists’ Club event for Scottish
some just once in a lifetime. Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, The YAC Archaeology Month
Western Isles 32
Tobacco Merchant’s House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT. For more information and event listings
visit: www.doorsopendays.org.uk | E: dod@scottishcivictrust.org.uk West Dumbartonshire 33
T: 0141 221 1466 (general information) | T: 0141 248 1188 (to request an area leaflet) West Lothian 33 Event Accessibility
European Heritage Days Schools 34
Scottish Archaeology Month is Scotland’s largest free annual archaeological event. It is coordinated AA Accessible for All
For full listings please see the Events
nationally by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Doors Open
Days organised by the Scottish Civic Trust, Scottish, and Scottish Archaeology Month organised by Calendar at: www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk SA Some Accessibility issues
Archaeology Scotland are Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days. Both are supported by For all outdoor activities please wear suitable footwear, warm and water-
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Historic Scotland. proof clothing, take water for drinking, sun protection and midge repellent! Not Accessible for all
If you have any queries about an event, or regarding accessibility, please C Contact organiser for details
contact the event organisers.

JOIN ARCHAEOLOGY SCOTLAND TODAY! Funded by:


SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH • ADOPT-A-MONUMENT • YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’
CLUBS • RURAL LANDUSE ADVICE • EDUCATION AND OUTREACH • POLICY
ADVICE • VOLUNTEER OUTREACH PROGRAMME • ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
IN PROGRESS CONFERENCE • DISCOVERY AND EXCAVATION IN SCOTLAND:
THE JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY SCOTLAND • ARCHAEOLOGY SCOTLAND MAGAZINE
For more details contact: Archaeology Scotland would like to thank all those who supported SAM 2009:
ARCHAEOLOGY SCOTLAND, Suite 1a, Stuart House,
Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB, UK
0845 872 3333 | info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk
Or join online at: www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk

YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US PROTECT AND PROMOTE SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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ABERDEEN ABERDEEN

ABERDEEN The Shocking Story of The Susanna


Saturday 12th September, Tolbooth open 10:00-16:00,
event open at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00 | Tolbooth
“Aberdeen has been a royal burgh since the 12th
Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1EL
century and an important settlement long before
that. Archaeological evidence indicates human Lively and exciting re-enactment of an extraordi-
activity in the area from around 8,000-10,000 nary meeting of Aberdeen Council on 2nd July
years ago. Particular ‘heritage strengths’ lie in 1593. The Council met the survivors of an
the excellently well-preserved buried evidence Aberdonian merchant ship The Susanna whose
from the medieval period, which has been exca- crew were tried for piracy in Spain. After being
vated extensively over the last 30 years and in cleared they were accused of being Lutherans and
the superb collections in the City Archives, heretics. Many were imprisoned, burned and hung.
which are the best preserved civic records in Discover the terrible trials and tribulations of
Scotland. The City Archives contain charters being a merchant adventurer in the 16th century.
from the 12th century as well as the Council Chris Croly | Aberdeen City Council | 01224 621167
Register, an almost unbroken series of records ccroly@aberdeencity.gov.uk | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
dating from 1398”
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Judith Stones
Aberdeen Council Archaeological Unit
CSI Archaeology!
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September | Aberdeen
To find out more about the heritage of Aberdeen:
Aberdeen City Council Archaeological Unit, part of the Museums Beach Ballroom and Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Sea
and Galleries service | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | T: 01224 Beach, Aberdeen, AB24 5NR
523658.
Through a series of hands-on activities
The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) works Archaeology Scotland will demonstrate the scien-
towards the further study of archaeology in the north of Scotland tific skills and techniques that forensic archaeolo-
and the promotion of that interest to a wider audience: gists use, including how to “read bones”. Part of
www.nosas.co.uk
Aberdeen Tech Fest, an annual celebration of sci-
The University of Aberdeen which offers undergraduate and post- ence, technology, engineering and mathematics.
graduate degree courses in archaeology as well as opportunities
Meg Faragher | Archaeology Scotland | 0845 872 3333
to study archaeology through Life Long Learning courses
info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk | www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk
T: 01224 273693 | www.abdn.ac.uk/archaeology
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Coming to Aberdeen The skeletons in our Family Closet


Until 13th September | Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00-16:00, Friday 25th September, 12:30-13:30 | Aberdeen Maritime
Sunday, 12.30-15.30, closed Monday | Tolbooth Museum, Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY
Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1EL Contact organisers below for more information.
Tying in with 2009 the Year of Homecoming, this Karen Milek | University of Aberdeen | 01224 273693
exhibition explores the fascinating and varied rea- k.milek@abdn.ac.uk | www.abdn.ac.uk/archaeology
www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk/tis
sons which brought people to Aberdeen over the
centuries. From medieval trade, to visitor guides T SK AA
that have been issued since the 19th century and
evacuees brought to Aberdeen during WW2.
Chris Croly | Aberdeen City Council | 01224 621167
ccroly@aberdeencity.gov.uk | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

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Aberdeen, the North East and the


Hudson’s Bay Trading Company
Thursday 10th September, 12:30-13:00 | Tolbooth
Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1EL
A talk exploring the rich and diverse links between

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the North East and the Hudson’s Bay Company
from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.
Chris Croly | Aberdeen City Council | 01224 621167
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Tomnaverie Stone Circle near Tarland in Aberdeenshire; one of the


ccroly@aberdeencity.gov.uk | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk distinctive ‘recumbent’ stone circles of northeast Scotland. The upright
stones frame the mountain of Lochnagar, and may have been used to
Beautiful stained glass window in the Kirk of St Nicholas, Union Street, Aberdeen T AB SA C follow different phases of the moon.

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ABERDEENSHIRE ANGUS

mask and attend a WW2 cookery class! A six mile


ABERDEENSHIRE tour, only suitable for those with a sense of adven-
ture! You will need a bike for this event. This is an ANGUS
“The present landscape of the northeast of outdoor event so please wear appropriate clothing
Scotland has been formed by several hundred and waterproof footwear. Part of Forest Heritage
“Angus is Scotland in miniature with
generations of hunters, herdsmen, farmers and Scotland.
its mountains, glens, rivers, cliffs,
foresters. Traces of many of their houses, farms, Julia Truscott | Booking: 01466 794161 sandy beaches, ports, fishing vil-
religious sites or burial monuments survive Enquiries: 07823 535972 | Julia.truscott@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
www.forestheritagescotland.com lages and market towns. Its people
besides more recent features such as castles,
have left their footprints etched on
industrial sites, kirks or military installations
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from the last war.”
the present day. It was the heartland
Aberdeenshire Council
World War Two in Pannanich Woods of the Picts whose mysterious stones
still adorn the Angus countryside”
Sunday 6th September, 10:30-12:00 & 13:30-15:00
To learn more about the heritage of Aberdeenshire: Meet in the centre of Ballater, opposite Glenmuick
The Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus Linda Fraser
Church | Grid ref: NO 367 959
is a small team of archaeologists located within Aberdeenshire Montrose Museum and Art Gallery
Council’s Planning and Environmental Services Contact organisers below for event information.
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/archaeology/index.asp
Julia Truscott | Booking: 01466 794161
The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) works Enquiries: 07823 535972 | Julia.truscott@forestry.gsi.gov.uk To find out more about the heritage of Angus con-
towards the further study of archaeology in the north of Scotland www.forestheritagescotland.com tact:
and the promotion of that interest to a wider audience: The Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire,
www.nosas.co.uk RE AB EW Moray and Angus:
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/archaeology/index.asp
Pictavia Visitor Centre: www.pictavia.org.uk
Forts, Kirks and Circles T: 01356 626 241 | E: ECDEV@angus.gov.uk
Dunnideer Fort Walk Saturday 12th September, 10:00-14:00 | Meet at the
Saturday 29th August, 10:00-13:00 | Meet at Dunnideer Millburn Road, Old Meldrum, Formartine, Aberdeenshire
Fort car park, Western Road, Insch | Grid ref: NJ 616 283 | Grid ref: NJ 803 268
Climb from Oldmeldrum to the Barra hillfort and There’s a Time and a Place…
Explore this important landmark. What did it
mean? Why was it built? Explore the rich, ancient gaze upon the battlefield of Barra (1308 AD) where Montrose Time Line
landscape around Insch. Please book in advance, Robert the Bruce bested Comyn of Buchan, then Monday-Saturday throughout September & October,
contact details below. on, passing a recumbent stone circle, to the murals 10:00-17:00 | Montrose Museum & Art Gallery, Panmure
of the Bourtie Kirk, on to another stone circle for Place, Montrose Museum, Angus, DD10 8HF
Helen Young | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service
lunch, and back through woods, hills and fields.
01466 795087 | Access.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk A Time Line display covering events and exhibiting
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk Contact below for more details.
artefacts from the Stone Age to the 20th century,
David Brow | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service illustrating the rich and varied history of the town
MW AB T: 01358 726417 | M: 07786 021780
Formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
and surrounding area.
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk Rachel Benvie & Linda J Fraser | Angus Council | 01674673232
Meet Your Ancestors montrose.museum@angus.gov.uk | www.angus.gov.uk
Monday 31st August, 14:00-16:00 | Glen Muick Visitor AB MW
Centre,Glen Muick, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5SU E SA C DoD
Grid ref: NO 307 851 Sunrise at the Reed Waal
A guided tour around the Spittal of Glen Muick Tuesday 22nd September, 06:45-08:15 | Meet at the Red
Archaeology in Angus
township. Meet the township residents along the Well, Whitehills | Grid ref: NJ 662 652 Temporary exhibition open Monday-Saturday throughout
way and hear some of their tales and find out how September, 10:00-17:00 | Signal Tower Museum,
Take part in the Archaeology Awareness festival
they live. Ladyloan, Arbroath, DD11 1PU
and celebrate the Autumn Equinox just before sun-
Fiona Smith | Balmoral Estate Ranger Service rise at the Red Well, Whitehills. When the weather An exhibition of fascinating archaeological objects
013397 55059 | Fiona@balmoralestate.co.uk from the Angus area. These metal artefacts form
www.balmoralcastle.com
conditions are right, the sun, rising over the point
of Troup Head, should illuminate the well. We will part of Angus Council Museum’s Collections and
T RE AB EW SA C then take a short circular walk around the date from the early to post-medieval period.
Whitehills before returning to the well. Wrap up Objects include coins of James III, James IV and
warmly and bring a hot drink. Unfortunately this James VI; fragments of an annular brooch and
World War Two in Fetteresso Woods horse harness, buckles and a 15th century “Fede”
event is suitable for adults only. Please book in
Saturday 5th September, 14:00-16:30 | Meet at Forestry advance, details below. (fidelity) ring.
Commission Scotland’s Three Stones car park at
Jodie Rhodes | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service This stone at Aberlemno is one of the best preserved and most Mr Colin Easton or Mrs Kate Sheehan-Finn | Angus Council
Fetteresso Forest | Grid ref: NO 790 893 01241 875598 | EastonCG@angus.gov.uk | bobandkate@aol.com
01261 813299 | Banffandbuchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk skilfully carved stones attributed to the Picts, a confederation
The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk of peoples who lived north of the Forth from just before the
take a “back-woods” bike ride. Pedal back in time Roman conquest until the 10th century AD. The significance of E AA DoD
to discover the WW2 defences that are hidden deep AB EW SA C the Pictish symbols still remains a mystery.
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ARGYLL & BUTE ARGYLL & BUTE

Become an Archaeologist Walk the Kilmartin Glen Come Listen to the Crofters
ARGYLL AND BUTE
Thursday 13th August, 10:00-12:00 | Kilmartin House Saturday 5th September, 14:00-16:00 | Meeting point: Saturday 19th September, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00
Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ Kilmartin House Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ Meet at West Argyll Forest District offices, Lochgilphead,
The landscape of Argyll and Bute bears testa- West Argyll | Grid ref: PA31 8RS
ment to over 9000 years of human interaction, An opportunity for children and young people with Come along and join Curator/Director Dr Sharon
exploitation and occupation. The relatively an interest in archaeology to have a go at doing it. Webb for a guided walk through the linear ceme- The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to
undeveloped beauty of the landscape has The day will include a simulated dig and lots of tery to Temple Wood stone circle. Please wear Come Listen to the Crofters. Hear traditional
allowed the excellent preservation of the archae- other hands on activities. appropriate clothing. Highland folk stories and music at the stunning
ological heritage. Much of the archaeology of The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum | 01546 510278 The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum | 01546 510278 venue of Arichonan, deserted township. Enjoy a
the region, from the dramatic Neolithic and museum@kilmartin.org | www.kilmartin.org museum@kilmartin.org | www.kilmartin.org guided walk to the site, traditional spinning and
Bronze Age sites of the Kilmartin Valley to the weaving demonstrations and interactive music and
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famous early Christian sites at Iona and St
Ninians and the dramatic home of the Lords of
Castle Stalker, from the Gaelic, Stalcaire, meaning Hunter or Falconer,
the Isles at Finlaggan, are still visible to even one of many iconic historic remains in Argyllshire.
Discover Bute Landscape Discover what life was like 200 years ago. This is
the most cautious of archaeological explorers Partnership Scheme Guided Walk an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing
today. and waterproof footwear. Suitable for children aged
Saturday 12th September, meet 10:00 | Guilford Square, 6+. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by
Paul Duffy Rothesay, Isle of Bute | Grid ref: NS 089 648
Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with
A guided walk through the landscape of Bute, RCAHMS.
For further information on the archaeology of Argyll and Bute exploring aspects of the rich archaeological her- Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01546 602 518
contact: itage of the island. joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme promotes direct www.forestheritagescotland.com
Paul Duffy | Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme
involvement in the conservation and enhancement of the natural
0773 088 7110 | discoverbutearchaeology@gmail.com
and built heritage of the region | www.discoverbute.com
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Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS) is a good
starting point for anyone who is interested in learning more about T MW SA C
the history and archaeology of the Cowal Peninsula through their A Slice of Life
well-known and respected lecture series and through visiting and Sunday 20th September, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 |
unearthing ancient sites | www.cowal.org/index.htm Charcoal Making Guided Walk Meeting point: West Argyll Forest District offices,
Kilmartin House Museum is a centre for archaeology and Saturday 12th September. 13:00-17:00 | Meet at Forestry Lochgilphead, West Argyll | Grid ref: PA31 8RS
landscape interpretation established to protect, investigate and
Commission Scotland Glen Nant Nature Reserve car Forest Heritage Scotland invites you to discover
interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape
and the artefacts that have been found here. See the website for park, West Argyll | Grid ref: NN 020 273
what rural life was like at the deserted township of
details of events and workshops | www.kilmartin.org The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to Carrick, on the edge of Loch Fyne. Step back in

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discover the industrial history of the forest at Glen time with our Forestry Commission Scotland
Nant Nature Reserve. With our expert investigate Ranger, Jo Thomson. You might even meet a figure
the evidence for charcoal making and see a demon- from the past!
stration of how it was done. We will then take you
to Historic Scotland’s Bonawe Ironworks, where This is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate
the charcoal was used to fuel the furnaces. This is clothing and waterproof footwear. Forest Heritage
an outdoor event please wear appropriate clothing Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission
and waterproof footwear. Part of the Forest Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Heritage Scotland Project undertaken by Forestry Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01546 602 518
Commission Scotland in partnership with joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
RCAHMS. www.forestheritagescotland.com

Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | Booking: 01631 566155 T RE AB MW SA C


Enquiries: 01546 602 518
joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
www.forestheritagescotland.com Recent Archaeological Discoveries
T AS AB MW SA C Tuesday 22nd September, 19:30-21:00 | Kilmartin House
Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ

Re-launch of the Ardnadam Come along and hear Roddy Regan talk about the
Heritage Trail and the Chapel Site latest archaeological discoveries from the
Kilmartin Glen.
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th September | Ardnadam
The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum
Glen, Chapel Site, Sandbank near Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 01546 510278 | museum@kilmartin.org
Contact organisers below for event information. www.kilmartin.org

Evelyn Hide | Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS) T AA


01369 703876 | evelynhide@btinternet.com | www.cowal.org

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Archaeology beneath your feet! A Bronze Age cist or stone-lined box often
made to hold the bones or cremated remains of the dead, was found on 3rd July
AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 1895 when foundations were being dug at Pun Brae. It contained a food vessel
and stone artefacts which are now in North Ayrshire Museum, Saltcoats.
DUMFRIES

Galloway Emigration and


DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY Homecoming Exhibition
From Neolithic tombs, Roman forts and Thursday 10th September-Thursday 31st December,
Medieval castles to Second World War batteries, Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00, Saturday, 10:00-13:00 &
14:00-17:00 | Stranraer Museum, 55 George Street,
Dumfries and Galloway has a wealth of sites,
Stranraer, DG9 7JP
over 15,000 at the last count, covering six thou-
sand years of history - many set in stunning An exhibition exploring the evidence for Galloway
countryside, or overlooking the Irish Sea. emigration across the world, and the impact of suc-
cessful individuals on their return home, particu-
Andrew Nicholson larly in the development of new towns, country
Dumfries and Galloway Council estates and charitable endowments of new church
and school buildings.
John Pickin | Dumfries and Galloway Council Museums Service
For further information on the archaeology of Dumfries and 01776 705088 | John.Pickin@dumgal.gov.uk
Galloway contact: www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums
Dumfries and Galloway Council has information on museum
exhibitions, events and loan collections | www.dumgal.gov.uk E AA
Solway Heritage works to secure the sustainable use,
management and enjoyment of the natural and man-made
heritage, in particular the heritage of Dumfries and Galloway.
Exhibition: Pills, Potions & Poisons
www.solwayheritage.co.uk - Medical Treatments, 1700-1850
Saturday 12th September - Saturday 31st October | Mon-
The Whithorn Trust explores the archaeology and history of
Whithorn. The Trust’s website contains information on the Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun (until the end of September) 14:00-
17:00 & Tue-Sat (in October) 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 |

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heritage and archaeology of the region, including updates on
excavations, events, lectures, publications and much more. Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura, The Observatory,
AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN www.whithorn.com Rotchell Road, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

Explore the archaeology of Kelburn and Scotland Contact organisers below for event information.
For further information on the archaeology of Ayrshire and Arran
contact: with the aid of archaeologists. This will include a Polmaddy: “Footsteps to the World” Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk
North Ayrshire Museums have information on heritage events and walk that will explore the development of Kelburn
exhibitions going on in North Ayreshire throughout the year. Thursday 20th August, 11:00-13:00 | Forestry www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums
Castle from a motte and bailey to a tower house Commission Scotland Polmaddy township car park at
01294 464174 | namuseum@north-ayrshire.gov.uk
www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/ and finally to the castle as it is today. Look at and Castlemaddy Wood | Grid ref: NX 588 878 E AA
handle a selection of different artefacts and learn
Vikingar! Is a ‘Viking Experience’ where you can meet real live what these can tell us about Scotland’s past. This The Forest Heritage Scotland project (undertaken
Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles.
event should last most of the day. by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership The Secrets of Grey Mare’s Tail
01475 689777 | vikingar@naleisure.co.uk | www.naleisure.co.uk with RCAHMS) invites you to join the Walking Sunday 13th September, 10:00-16:00 | Grey Mare’s Tail,
Claire Casey | Kelburn Castle & Country Centre
T: 0141 884 7337 | M: 07525 738479
Theatre Company and discover the story of the meeting at car park | Grid ref: NT 186 145
Culzean Archaeology Trail: claire.casey1@btinternet.com ferm-toun of Polmaddy. Imagine how it would have
From prehistory to the present, humans have left
looked nearly 300 years ago. What happened to the
Self-guided Trail T MW SA C village, now in ruins? Where did the people go?
their mark on the landscape. On this upland walk
we will visit an Iron Age fort, Bronze Age cairns
1st-30th September | Leaflet from Country Park Visitor Discover some of Scotland’s lowland history. This
Centre, Culzean Castle and Country Park, near Maybole, and the hiding places of 17th century Covenanters.
Culzean Caves Walk: Guided Walk is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate cloth-
South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE | Grid ref: NS 237 104 This is a reasonably strenuous hill walk, climbing
ing and waterproof footwear.
Saturday 26th September, 10:30 | Meet at: Country Park to over 800 metres, bring waterproofs and walking
Throughout September a series of archaeological Visitor Centre, Culzean Castle and Country Park, near Lucy Hadley | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01671 402420 boots. Booking essential, maximum of 12.
sites will be marked by posters around the Country Maybole, KA19 8LE | Grid ref: NS 237 104 Lucy.hadley@forestry.gsi.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com
Dan Watson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2249
Park at Culzean. A leaflet with a map of all the greymare’stail@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk
sites will be available form the Visitor Centre and Join NTS Archaeologist, Derek Alexander, and NTS RE AB
visitors over the month can undertake the self- Ranger, Heather Lowther on a guided visit to the HW AB
guided archaeology trail. Please note: non-NTS caves underneath Culzean Castle and find out Hillforts Walk
members will need to pay to get into the Country about the results of recent excavations there.
Park. Children must be over 8 years old and accompa- Thursday 10th September, 13:00-16:00 | Mote of Mark, Whithorn Lecture
nied by an adult. Booking is essential and made by Meet at Rockcliffe main car park, Rockcliffe | Grid ref: NX
Saturday 19th September, 18:00 | Whithorn Primary
Derek Alexander | National Trust for Scotland | 01655 884400 846 540
culzeancountrypark@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk
telephone on Friday 25th September to the Culzean School, Castlehill, Whithorn, DG8 8PN
Visitor Centre (01655 884400). The walk is free but Join NTS Archaeologist, Derek Alexander, and
The Whithorn Lecture is an annual event held on
MW SA C non-NTS members will need to pay to get into the Rockcliffe Ranger, Judy Baxter, in a walk from the
the Saturday close to St Ninian’s Day. This year’s
Country Park. Walking boots are essential as the Dark Age stronghold of Mote of Mark out to the
lecture “The Archaeology of the Bishops of
rocks on the beach are extremely slippery. Helmets Iron Age promontory fort of Castle Point. Booking
Kelburn Castle & Country Centre and head-torches will be provided. required, stout footwear essential.
Whithorn” is given by Peter Yeoman, Head of
Archaeology Day Cultural Resources, Historic Scotland.
Heather Lowther | National Trust for Scotland | 01655 884400 Judy Baxter | National Trust for Scotland | 01556 503702
jbaxter@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk Janet Butterworth | Friends of the Whithorn Trust | 01988 500508
Saturday 19th September, starts 10:00 | Kelburn Castle & culzeancountrypark@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk
enquiries@whithorn.com | www.whithorn.com
Country Centre, Main Office, Largs, KA29 0BE
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Cairnholy above Wigtown Bay near Dumfries, is the site of
the remains of two impressive chambered cairns
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and biscuits, conversation and stories. instrument gives fascinating panoramic views over
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543 the town. Viewings are not available when it is
cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk raining in order to preserve this rare historical
instrument. It is reached by a spiral staircase.
Cruck Cottage, Torthorwald Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September, 10:00-16:00
www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums
On-street parking for six cars, access to the door for
disabled drop off | Grid ref: NY 032 784 SA C DoD
Fashioned from local materials with traditional
skills, this cottage, like its many lost companions,
was simply constructed on three massive oak
DUNDEE
cruck frames, fastened together with oak pegs.
Thatched, lime-washed and earth-floored, the cot- From Mesolithic shell middens to Iron Age forti-
tage still possesses a hanging lum fireplace con- fications and the remains of industries that
structed from cob. Cruck Cottage was lived in until thrived in living memory, the archaeology of

© Andrew Nicholson
the 1960s, and then fell in to disrepair. It was Dundee uncovers the story of Scotland, from its
restored by Solway Heritage in 1990 using the earliest settlers to the present day. In the
same traditional skills and local materials. The Neolithic, stone axes were brought here from
Cottage is now of a great rarity in Scotland. Much Cumbria and a Bronze Age burial was found to
of its maintenance and exciting plans for its future contain beautiful gold ornaments in the Wessex
Lecture: Pills, Potions & Poisons - Kirk Covenant Church are now undertaken by the Cruck Cottage Heritage style. Roman pottery from Gaul was unearthed
Medical Treatments 1700-1850 Association, who look forward to meeting visitors on the Law, and fragments of medieval vessels
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:00 | Parking in area
during the weekend, and plying them with tea and from the Low Countries are found in excava-
Friday 25th September, 19:30 | Dumfries Museum & adjacent to church | Grid ref: NX 124 368
home baking. tions throughout the city. Dundee’s position on
Camera Obscura, The Observatory, Rotchell Road, As trouble and religious strife racked Scotland and the Tay Estuary has proved attractive for mil-
Dumfries DG2 7SW Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543
noblemen and gentry queued to sign with their lennia.
cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk
This lecture explores the way in which various ill- own blood the National Covenant, protesting Christina Donald
nesses and other conditions were treated in against the rules and regulations being forced on E DoD Dundee City Council
Dumfries and Galloway during the 18th and 19th them, work began on a small kirk. It was the year
centuries by examining contemporary herbals, 1668 and the wee kirk, Kirkmaiden Old Parish For further information on the archaeology of Dundee contact:
apothecaries’ inventories, doctors’ bills and their Church, is still there today, known as Kirk
Hidden Treasures Abertay Historical Society organises public lectures, workshops,
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September, 10:00-17:00 guided tours and other events to promote interest in the history of
written advice to patients. Please book below. Covenant, the southernmost parish in Scotland. It
Abertay and the surrounding area. For information on the
stands on the hill, a mile above the village of Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining | From A76 take
Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura Society’s publications and events: www.abertay.org.uk
Drummore and is a fascinating place to visit. See a junction for Wanlockhead (B797) 2 miles from Sanquhar.
01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk
From M74 travelling north take junction 14 and travelling Pictavia Visitor Centre tells the story of Scotland's ancient Pictish
www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums family crypt, gravestones dating back to 1698, the
south take junction 13 | Grid Ref: NS 874 130 tribes. For more information, learning resource materials or advice
pulpit under which a minister is buried, the bell on arranging group visits: www.pictavia.org.uk
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made in 1534 and experience the peace of a place
of worship that has stood as a house of God for Wanlockhead is hidden amongst the Lowther Hills
Scotland’s Rural Past at more than 370 years. in Scotland’s highest village (461m / 1531ft). Bridging Perthshire’s Past
Polmaddy Township Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543
Spend a day that’s fun for all the family uncovering Wednesday 9th September, 18:30 | Discovery Point,
cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk treasures, including a real 18th century lead mine Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September, 9:30-16:00
set deep in the hillside. Make your way along vil-
The archaeological work will be undertaken at Polmaddy Lindsay Farquharson will give a talk on “Bridging
township at Castlemaddy Woods | Starting venue TBC, Hallmuir POW Chapel lage paths and tracks to two miners’ cottages and
Perthshire’s Past” an exciting new three year proj-
contact organisers | Grid ref: NX 588 878 see how miners really lived, before exploring the
Saturday 26th September & Sunday 27th September, ect that aims to conserve, enhance and promote
second oldest subscription library in Europe. Enter
A two day Scotland’s Rural Past (www.scotlandsru- 9:00-21:00 | 1 mile SW of Lockerbie off B7076 | Grid ref: 18th century military roads and bridges in
NY 128 791 the Visitor Centre to discover rocks, minerals,
ralpast.org.uk) training course in archaeological Perthshire. Refreshments available from 18:00.
gold, rare gold and silver coins, and mining arte-
survey and recording at the deserted settlement of This very rare chapel (probably the only one in facts; and discover what Homecoming means to Christina Donald | Abertay Historical Society | 01382 432380
Polmaddy. Learn how to identify and understand Scotland) was built by Ukrainian Prisoners of War christina.donald@dundeecity.gov.uk | www.abertay.org.uk
two Wanlockhead Village Band instruments.
archaeological remains, use GPS and photography at Hallmuir Camp, who, in 1947 were sent from T AA
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543
and develop writing skills to record historical Italy to Scotland rather than being handed over to cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk
remains. Work with experienced archaeologists the Russians and a potentially terrifying future.
and surveyors in an informal atmosphere. Suitable The basic building is a simple army hut clad with E AA DoD Animals in Archaeology
for adults. Partially outdoors so appropriate cloth- painted corrugated asbestos cement sheet. The Saturday 19th September, 11:00-14:00 | Museum
ing and waterproof footwear required. This course chapel still presents an authentic Ukrainian interi- Camera Obscura (free admission) Collections Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee, DD1 1PG
is being held at Polmaddy as part of the Forest or, complete with tinsel chandelier, and is still in
Sunday 27th September, 14:00-18:00 | Dumfries Museum Contact organisers below for event information.
Heritage Scotland project. Forest Heritage use by the Ukrainian community, who, since they
Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission were not able to return home after the war, stayed & Camera Obscura,The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Christina Donald | Dundee City Council | 01382 432364
Dumfries, DG2 7SW christina.donald@dundeecity.gov.uk
Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. in Lockerbie and Lochmaben, found work in the www.mcmanus.co.uk/whats-on/lectures.htm
00131 662 1456 | srp@rcahms.gov.uk area, married local girls and brought up their chil- On the topmost floor of the Dumfries Museum is
www.forestheritagescotland.com dren to respect their traditions. Pay a visit for tea the Camera Obscura. This historic astronomical T AA SK AB DoD

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01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk Hailes Castle tour by Hepburn
EAST LOTHIAN www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology
Knight in Chain Mail!
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Bounded by miles of beautiful coast line and the
heather-clad Lammermuir hills, East Lothian is Meet at the Castle gate, Hailes Castle, just south west of
rich in archaeological and historical remains Prehistoric Crafts & Discovery Trail Guided Walking Tour of Black East Linton on the A1 | Grid ref: NT 574 757 | Limited
parking area and partial disabled access
and a great place to visit if you like the out- Saturday 5th September, 14:00-17:00 (duration 1 hour) Castle and Green Castle Iron
doors. The coast is also the route for the John Meet at Pressmennan Wood Car Park, Stenton | Limited Age Hillforts A half hour tour of Hailes Castle by a Hepburn
Muir Way, a long distance walk taking in the full parking (no disabled access) knight in chain mail. The knight will take you
Tuesday 8th September, 14:00 & Saturday 12th
coast of East Lothian from Musselburgh to through stories of the Hepburns, the Dunbars, the
Before the dawn of metals and plastics how did September, 10:00 (duration 2 hours) | Meeting point TBC
Dunbar. The Lammermuirs to the south provide Ramsays and the Douglases in addition to the
early people make objects, live and survive in East on booking place (no disabled access)
walkers and wildlife spotters with wide-open sieges of Hailes and Dunbar Castles. Andrew
Lothian? To find out more, book a place on one of A strenuous walking tour (4km) taking in two
spaces where you might wander all day long Spratt (Historic Scotland). Family event suitable
the afternoon sessions. Full details on www.east- magnificent Iron Age hillforts. This is a family
without meeting another soul! With rolling for those aged 5+. Maximum number 15 so book-
lothian.gov.uk/archaeology . East Lothian Council event but please note that this walk is steep in
countryside and a stunning coast, East Lothian ing is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology
Archaeology Service. Family /Young person event. places and will involve climbing fences. East
has much to offer both the outdoor enthusiast Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events
Bring sensible shoes and waterproofs. Maximum Lothian Council Archaeology Service. Bring stout
and heritage explorer, still to be confirmed, see website below..
number 10 so booking is required. Part of East boots, waterproofs, snack and refreshments.
Biddy Simpson Lothian Archaeology Week, further events to be 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk
East Lothian Council Maximum number 15 so booking is required. Part www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology
confirmed, see website below. of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-
To find out more about East Lothian and East Lothian’s heritage
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk 12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, EW RE AB SA C
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology for full programme see webiste below.
go to:
East Lothian Council’s Archaeology Service have information,
events and opportunities for young people and the community to SK AB 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk Create Your Own
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology
get involved: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology or Archaeological Finds!
www.visiteastlothian.org
Monastic Landscapes of the HW AB Friday 11th September, 15:00-16:00 & Saturday 12th
Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society exists to foster an Lothians (12th-16th century) September, 11:00-12:00 | Prestongrange Museum,
interest in archaeology. The Society encourages members to play Morrison’s Haven, Prestonpans
an active part in the discipline: www.eafs.org.uk Saturday 5th September, 19:00 (duration 90 mins) The Soutra Aisle Project
Haddington, East Lothian, venue TBC What type of things do archaeologists find on a
Wednesday 9th September, 19:30-21:00 | Trinity Centre,
Church Street, Haddington, East Lothian (disabled dig? Find out by creating your own models, art-
Abbeys, churches, granges, wells and springs
access) works and crafts to take home. C/o East Lothian
Traprain Treasures together made up the medieval ‘holy landscape’.
Council Museums Service. This is a family event
Derek Hall, Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust An illustrated talk about the excavations and suitable for those aged 5-12. Maximum number 12
Wednesday 2nd September, 19:00-21:00 | Traprain Law and author of the recently published Scottish research that have been undertaken at the
near East Linton | Car park on north side of hill | Grid ref:
so booking is essential for this free workshop.
Monastic landscapes, will be giving a fascinating, medieval hospital at Soutra Aisle, Midlothian by
NT 580749 Contact Prestongrange on 0131 653 2904 to book
illustrated talk describing what effect medieval project director, Dr Brian Moffat. C/o Haddington your child’s place today. Part of East Lothian
From car park to summit, hear about the many holy orders had on the early monastic landscapes and District Amenity Society. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009).
facets of Traprain Law. Archaeology and geology of the Lothians. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website
mixed with a smattering of historic legend. Week, more events to be confirmed, see website. Further events still to be confirmed, see website. below.
Bobby Anderson | East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology 0131 653 2904 | www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology
01620 827318 | randerson@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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Walk the Burgh Boundary of Archaeology of the Garletons Dusk Tour of the Historic Reconstruction of the 8th
Old North Berwick Sunday 6th September, 14:00 & Thursday 10th Village of Stenton Century Aberlady High Cross
September, 10:00 | Meet at Athelstaneford Church (no Saturday 12th September, 11:00 & 14:00 (approx. 90
Saturday 5th September, 10:00 & Wednesday 9th Thursday 10th September, 18:00 (duration 45 mins - 1
disabled access) mins) | Kirk Stables, Main Street, Aberlady
September, 14:00 (duration 90 minutes) | Meet at the hour) | Meeting point TBC on booking place (partial
Glen Golf Course Club House (no disabled access) A strenuous 6km walking tour from Athelstaneford disabled access) A workshop to discuss the progress in this remark-
Taken from the 16th century Burgh Charter, this up onto the Garleton ridge to explore the Garleton Discover Stenton’s long historical past on this able project to erect a reconstruction of the 8th
fairly strenuous guided walking tour takes you Iron Age hillforts and Barney Vaults. Return to guided walk at dusk with Andy Robertson century cross which once stood in the village, and
around the Burgh boundary of Old North Berwick. Athelstaneford, visit the Saltire Centre and view (Archaeology Officer, East Lothian Council). This is perhaps in a monastic settlement. The artwork on
The walk takes you through Glen Golf Course, up the 9th century Battle of Athelstaneford. East a family event. Bring a torch! Maximum number 20 the remaining cross fragment in National
the Mill Burn to the Lodge Grounds, along Law Lothian Council Archaeology Service. This is a so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Museums Scotland bears a strikingly close rela-
Road and the High Street to the Market Cross and family event but please note that it is a strenuous Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). tionship with that in the illuminated Lindisfarne
the harbour. C/o Joy Dodd (North Berwick walk. Bring stout boots, waterproofs, snack and Further events still to be confirmed, see website. Gospels. C/o Aberlady Conservation Society. Family
Graveyard Research Group/ Friends of North refreshments. Maximum number 20 so booking is event suitable for those aged 15+. Maximum num-
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk
Berwick Museum). Family event suitable for those required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology
ber 20 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian
aged 16+. Bring sensible shoes and waterproofs. (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to Archaeology (September 5th-12th 2009). Further
Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week. be confirmed, see website below. Duration 3 hours. EW AB SA C events still to be confirmed, see website below.

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EDINBURGH
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk Statue House
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology What other city centre is dominated by extinct
Saturday 5th September, 11:00-16:00 | Statue House, 24 volcanoes capped with prehistoric settlements
SK AB Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, G76 OAS and a mighty royal castle, a labyrinthine old
As part of East Renfrewshire Doors Open Days town where the underworld rubbed shoulders
Who Lived on North Berwick Law? 2009, Statue House and the William Gemmell stat- with the greatest minds of the enlightenment
and the Georgian splendour of an elegantly
Archaeology from the Bronze Age to ue collection will be open to the public. William
planned new town. Explore further afield and
World War 2 Gemmell (1814-1891) was a joiner who lived his
whole life in Eaglesham. In his spare time he find hidden gems such as roman bathhouses,
Saturday 12th September, 14:00 (duration 90 mins) taught himself sculpting as a hobby. During his medieval tower houses and mysterious grave-
Meet at North Berwick Law car park (no disababled yards. Edinburgh truly is an archaeological
lifetime, his work was exhibited and received criti-
access) treasure trove just waiting to be explored!
cal acclaim. Only six of his life-size sculptures are
Discover what archaeological remains can still be known to survive and these now kept in Statue
seen as you climb North Berwick Law. A fairly House, Eaglesham. This is a drop in event and is Craig Fletcher
strenuous walking tour of North Berwick Law for free of charge. Part of East Renfrewshire Historic Scotland
young people (8+). Learn about maps and how to Archaeology Festival.
identify archaeology. This is a family event. Bring

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Amanda Robb | East Renfrewshire Council Library and Information For further information on the archaeology of Edinburgh contact:
stout footwear and waterproofs. Booking is Services | 0141 577 3872 | Amanda.robb@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society exists to foster an
required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or www.portaltothepast.co.uk interest in archaeology. The Society encourages members to play
(September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to an active part in the discipline: www.eafs.org.uk
be confirmed, see website below. DoD AA E
Historic Scotland Ranger Service at Holyrood Park provide
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk visitors with an opportunity to learn about the many different
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology Daily Life in Ancient Scotland aspects of the sites including history, wildlife and folklore. The Exploration of some of the earliest phases of settlement in
Rangers often hold special events at other Historic Scotland sites Edinburgh at the feet of Edinburgh Castle
HW AB Thursday 10th September, starts 10:30 | Neilston and within the local community |
Community Library, Main Street, Neilston, East www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/learning/ranger.htm
Renfrewshire, G78 3NN RCAHMS Open Day
The Archaeology of Traprain Law Starting around 4000 BC, early people in Scotland
University of Edinburgh offers undergraduate and post-graduate
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 | RCAHMS, John
degree courses in archaeology within the School of History,
Sunday 27th September, tour 10:00-12:00 followed by a moved from a hunting and gathering lifestyle to Classics and Archaeology, Old High School, Infirmary Street, Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh, EH8 9NX
visit to National Museum Scotland 15:00-17:00 | Traprain farming. They also came together to build huge Edinburgh, EH1 1LT | E: archaeology@ed.ac..uk
For over 100 years RCAHMS has been working to
Law, East Lothian | Grid ref: NT 58187495 monuments, such as stone circles, henges, and create a record of Scotland’s built environment.
Explore the archaeology of Scotland’s most impor- tombs. We will take a look at what daily life was Their vast national collection of over 14.5 million
tant hillfort with Dr Fraser Hunter. The tour will like for people who lived during this time, what Myth Busters Gallery Talks Series unique items is made available to the public to
be followed by a visit to National Museums they ate, what their houses looked like, the arte- Friday 11th, Friday 18th & Friday 25th September, 14:30 explore online and in their search room. This year
Scotland to see some of the finds from the site. facts that they created and used and the monu- (duration 1 hour) | Early People Gallery, Level 0, National RCAHMS are showcasing their aerial photography
Tour involves a strenuous climb. Please bring solid ments that they built. Archaeology Scotland will be Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF collections with stunning visual displays and talks
boots and waterproofs. Details of meeting will be providing an Artefact Investigation Kit - partici- Exploring and exploding some of the common from the aerial survey team and The Aerial
sent out with the tickets. Limited spaces, please pants will be able to see and handle genuine arte- myths about Scotland’s early people. A series of Reconnaissance Archive specialists. Visitors have
book below. facts! Numbers are restricted to 15 so please book gallery talks by curators from National Museums the opportunity to join behind the scenes tours and
Fraser Hunter | National Museums Scotland | 0131 225 7534 in advance. Part of East Renfrewshire Archaeology Scotland will reveal how the latest finds and speak to specialists about their work documenting
Info@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk Festival research is changing our picture of Scotland’s past. Scotland’s archaeology, architecture and industry.
Rebecca Boyde | Archaeology Scotland | 0141 662 1456 Suitable for ages 16+. Limited spaces, book below. Jessica Monsen | RCAHMS | 0131 662 1456
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National Museums Scotland | 0131 225 7534 jessica.monsen@rcahms.gov.uk | www.rcahms.gov.uk
www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or www.portaltothepast.co.uk
info@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk
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Active Archaeology
EAST RENFREWSHIRE Archaeology in the National Trust Cramond and its Island Saturday 26th September, 10:00-13:00 | Holyrood Park
for Scotland: Poster Display Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September, 11:00-17:00 | Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park,
Monday 21st - Wednesday 30th September, 11:00-17:00 The Maltings, Riverside, Cramond, Edinburgh, EH4 6NY Edinburgh, EH8 8HG | Grid ref: NT 272740
Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road, Clarkston, Glasgow,
Guided walks to Cramond Island (Sat - 12:00, Sun - Join a Ranger on a three hour guided walk to learn
G76 8RB | Grid ref: NS 561 566
15:00, duration 2 hours, booking essential) or about the rich archaeological heritage to be found
For further information on the archaeology of East Lothian A small exhibition of posters will be on display
contact: walks around Cramond (14:30, duration 1 hour). in Holyrood Park. Find out about the people who
within the Coach House at Greenbank Garden. Ancient technology workshop and ancient writing lived and worked in the Park thousands of years
East Renfrewshire Council runs various activities (including East These will provide an overview of the archaeologi- methods: no age barrier! Displays about many ago and discover the traces they have left behind.
Renfrewshire Archaeology Festival as part of SAM). The Council’s cal work of the NTS and will focus mainly on prop- aspects of Cramond’s history. This walk may not be suitable for children under
local history and heritage website will let you find out more about erties in the West of Scotland.
the broad range of resources it holds, including: old maps, Val Dean | Cramond Heritage Trust and Edinburgh Archaeological
12 years. Booking essential, see below.
photographs, documents, statues, paintings, ephemera and other David Ferguson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2201 Field Society | 0131 336 1512 | val@valdean.plus.com Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 0131 652 8150
information; all of which give an evocative insight into daily life in greenbankgarden@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk www.cramondassociation.org.uk/trust.htm | www.eafs.org.uk Hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
the past: www.portaltothepast.co.uk
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Holyrood Park Archaeology Day Wemyss Caves Mini Museum Crail Guided Walk volunteers this year! The reconstructed Weigh
and Guided Walk House and Weavers’ cottage holds a wealth of Fife
Sunday 27th September, 11:00-15:00 | Holyrood Park Sunday 6th September, 14:15 | Crail Museum and
artefacts. For more information visit website.
Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park, Event runs several times through summer, meet at Heritage Centre, 62-64 Marketgate, Crail, KY10 3TL
Edinburgh, EH8 8HG | Grid ref: NT 272740 www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Wemyss Environmental Centre, dates TBC 14:00 | Discover the fascinating history of Crail on a walk
Discover what life was like during the Iron Age. Wemyss Environmental Centre, Basement Suite, East led by local guides with a wealth of knowledge on E AS DoD
Try your hand at skills from the period including Wemyss Primary School, East Wemyss KY1 4RN (A955) all aspects of local history, folklore and architec-
wattle fencing, bow drilling and fire starting! Join Guided tours of the Caves will take place at 14:15 ture. Expect a few surprising insights into local
a druid for a short guided walk around Holyrood and 15:00. The Centre has interpretational materi- life, past and present. Visit the Museum to find out
Collessie Kirk
Park and meet characters from the past. Suitable als on the Caves and the Wemyss Villages and there more about this ancient Royal Burgh, its kirk, sea- Sunday 6th September, 13:00-17:00 | Centre of Collessie
for all the family. is also a slideshow on ‘The Caves and Time Team’. faring traditions, 200 year old Golfing Society and Village, Fife
Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 0131 652 8150 Mrs Ann Watters | Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society the airfield. Dogs welcome on the walk. (Museum Collessie Kirk, the third ecclesiastical structure on
Hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk 01592 266361 | annwatters@hotmail.com open throughout September, Mon–Sat, 10:00–13:00 this site, sacred since the medieval period, creates
www.wemysscaves.co.uk and Sun 14:00-17:00) a strong landmark in the centre of the picturesque
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crailmuseumtrust@tiscali.co.uk | www.crailmuseum.org.uk you throughout the afternoon. Free leaflet. For
more information visit the DOD website.
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FIFE www.doorsopendays.org.uk
For further information on the archaeology of Fife contact: Saturday 15th August, 10:30-17:00 & Sunday 16th
Fife Council Museums and Galleries section of the website August, 11:00-16:00 | Leven Promenade, Leven KY8 4PA Opening the Melville House Doocot EW DoD
supplies information on all Fife Council Museums and heritage
sites as well as information on loan boxes and events: Medieval village with period entertainments and Sunday 6th September, 11:00-17:00 | Melville Doocot is
www.fife.gov.uk demonstrations, battle re-enactments, and stalls. on the north side of the A91, just east of the Melville East Wemyss Environment
Lodges Roundabout | Parking is available beside the Education Centre
University of St Andrews runs undergraduate and postgraduate Jackie Kirk | Medieval Methil
archaeology courses through several Schools and many 01334478109 | Medieval.methil@yahoo.co.uk farm track just east of the doocot | Grid ref: NO 302 126
Sunday 13th September, 14:00-16:00 | Basement Suite,
departments, such as History, Classics and Art History: www.Medievalmethil.co.uk Melville House Doocoot was originally a vaulted
www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/archaeology/index.shtml East Wemyss Primary School, Main Road, Fife
RE EW AA tower windmill. Access to both the doocot, with its
wooden potence inside, and to the vaulted base- Mini museum of Wemyss. Photographs of local peo-
ment, dating from when the structure was a wind- ple and places, maps, comprehensive information
Grave Stones: Memorials for Family mill. There are information boards/sheets, and a on the Wemyss Caves, scene of Time Team excava-
History, Kirkcaldy Civic Society guide will be present to try to answer questions. tions in 2004. For more information and event list-
ings visit the DOD website.
Saturday 29th August - Sunday 4th October | Drop in Dr Paula Martin | Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society
01334 840241 | paula@arnydie.demon.co.uk www.doorsopendays.org.uk
event on Saturday 5th September, 11:00-16:30 |
www.melvilledoocot.co.uk
Community Gallery, Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, War E DoD
Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG EW AA DoD
Family tree research can mean visiting graveyards
looking for clues to your ancestors. This exhibition
Old Parish Kirk Guided Walk
features local graveyards. Members of the Society
Newport-on-Tay Guided Walk Sunday 13th September, guides will be available at Old
will offer guidance on how to interpret the symbol- Sunday 6th September, meet 14:15 for 14:30 start | Meet Parish Kirk 13:00-16:00 | Old Parish Kirk, Kircaldy
ism of memorials. at Blyth Hall, Newport On Tay, Cupar Rd / Blyth St, Fife Trace the history of Kirkcaldy through the
Carroll Foggo | Fife Council Guided walk of the highlights of this town, includ- provosts and well know characters buried in this
01592 583213 | kirkcaldy.museum@fife.gov.uk ing the Thomas Telford harbour, the beautiful graveyard; people like Baillie Robert Philp who set
www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums drinking fountain and the grounds of Tayfield up schools for poor children in Kirkcaldy and find
House. Car parking at Blyth St (in front of Blyth out who fought the last duel in Scotland! For more
E AA
Hall) or Scott St (behind Blyth Hall). For more information and event listings visit website.
information and event listings visit website. www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Graveyard Walkabout www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Starts at the Bennochy EW DoD
Cemetery, Balsusney Road, Kirkcaldy and finishes at Old EW
Parish Kirk, Kirkwynd, Kirkcaldy | Grid ref: 275 920 MAC: Fife’s Mobile Museum
A guided tour examining the gravestones of impor- Fife Folk Museum: Sunday 13th September, 11:00-17:00 | Town House,
tant people in the area. The tour looks at the infor- The History of Rural Fife Kirkcaldy
mation contained on these monuments, including
Sunday 6th September, 10:30-16:30 | Fife Folk Museum, Come on board for a fun and educational experi-
the inscriptions and the kinds of stone used.
© Paula Martin

The Weigh House, High Street, Ceres | Public car park ence for all ages! “Blackouts, Bombs and Bananas”
Mrs Ann Watters | Kirkcaldy Civic Society behind museum. Access via footbridge through museum See World War Two through the eyes of a child. For
01592 266361 | annwatters@hotmail.com garden and across the old pack-horse bridge. Turn left to
www.kirkcaldycivicsociety.co.uk more information visit the DOD website.
museum entrance on left.
www.doorsopendays.org.uk
The Melville Doocot (dovecote) was originally built as a windmill around EW AA In one of Fife’s most picturesque museum build-
1700, but at some unknown date it was converted to a doocot. The structure ings you can see local crafts demonstrated and be E DoD
is under the care of the Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society
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Merchants House and Laws Close the hospitium to the friary. See the original 17th Abbott House Open Day A guided walk by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
Open Day century bell rescued from the Town House. For to the site of Green Nap Farm, situated within
Sunday 20th September, 10:00-17:00 | 12 Maygate,
more information visit the DOD website. Craigluscar Community Woodland, and to the Iron
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-15:00 | 339-343 High Dunfermline, Fife
www.doorsopendays.org.uk Age fort on Craigluscar Hill. The farm is an exam-
Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife Dating from the 12th century this is the oldest ple of the ruined rural settlements which are cur-
A building of exceptional interest. Originally a E DoD complete building in Dunfermline. It has been a rently being recorded throughout Scotland as part
merchant’s house of the 16th century, it was heritage centre since 1995. Two floors of displays of the Scotland’s Rural Past project.
enlarged in the 17th and altered in the 18th and vividly depict the history of Dunfermline and
Rosyth Castle Open Day Scotland as told through its people. Lovely herb
19th. The building contains splendid wall and ceil- The event will include a display of the methods, the
ing paintings of the late 16th century and fine pan- Sunday 20th September, 13:00-17:00 | Rosyth, follow garden to enjoy. For more information visit the work already completed. The walk will conclude
signs to Europarc Ferry Terminal | The castle is by DOD website.
elling and plasterwork of the late 17th century, with a visit to the Iron Age fort on Craigluscar Hill
terminal roundabout
some covering and protecting earlier decoration. www.doorsopendays.org.uk where shielings have been identified. For informa-
The building has been carefully restored by the Once an island in the Firth of Forth, the late 15th E DoD tion on the event or on how to get involved with
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. Exhibition room century Rosyth Castle was enveloped by the the intiative contact Alan Calder.
and garden available. Visit the DOD website. Rosyth Dockyard early in the 20th century. Access Alan Calder | Dunfermline Heritage Community Projects, Edinburgh
www.doorsopendays.org.uk
to the main hall on the first floor created in 2007 Craigluscar: An Archaeological Field Society and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
by the owners Scarborough /Muir Group greatly Archaeological Landscape 01383 723523 | alancalder@btinternet.com
DoD enhances the visitor experience. For more informa- www.dunfermlineheritage.org
Saturday 26th September, 14:00 | Craigluscar Community
tion and event listings visit the DOD website. Woodland, Dunfermline | Meet in Community Woodland E SK MW SA C
Museum of Communication www.doorsopendays.org.uk car park, by water tanks, to west of Craigluscar House

Sunday 13th September, 11:00-16:00 | 131 High Street, DoD


Burntisland, Fife University of Glasgow
“Great Scots who Changed the World” is the latest Scottish Lime Centre Hunterian Museum GLASGOW
exhibition, featuring Scottish inventors in the field
Sunday 20th September, 11:00-17:00 | Charlestown Saturday 19th September, 10:00-16:00 | Gilbert Scott
of communications, science and technology whose Although Glasgow was not founded until the
Workshops, Rocks Road, Charlestown Building, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
ideas have literally changed the world! Discover 6th century, by Christian missionary St Mungo,
how Great Scots pioneered colour photography, In its heyday, Charlestown produced over one third Located in the University’s neo-Gothic main build- evidence of earlier occupation is evident from
telephone, radar, television, webcams and more. of the lime in Scotland for use in building and ing, the Museum is a stunning mix of old and new. prehistoric canoes unearthed along the banks
Lots to see and do for all ages, with exhibits from industry. Now, the Scottish Lime Centre Trust pro- Recently refurbished the exciting permanent dis- of the River Clyde and the Roman erected turf-
the 18th to 21st centuries! Round off your visit in vides training and hands-on experience in the use plays highlight the range of this fabulous collec- built Antonine Wall. Since the 6th century, there
our “Homecoming Café.” Ramp available. For more of lime for building repair in the former Broomhall tion. Access to the main gallery of the museum is is historical and archaeological evidence for the
information visit the DOD website. Estate Workshops and Yard, restored and convert- by a public lift. Wheelchair access to the upper gal- growth, from a small monastic settlement to the
ed in 2000. Demonstrations of traditional building leries is by a disabled lift which requires assistance large, vibrant city of today. This development
www.doorsopendays.org.uk
skills, opportunities for the public of all ages to from a member of staff. encompasses a slow, steady growth until the
E DoD ‘have a go’, children’s crafts and activities. For 18th century and the major expansion since
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more information visit the DOD website. then, due to both the tobacco trade and then
Burntisland Heritage Centre www.doorsopendays.org.uk the industrial revolution,
Galgael Trust Open Day
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-16:00 | 4 Kirkgate, SK DoD Lisa McKechnie
Saturday 19th September, 13:00-16:00 | 15 Fairley Street,
Burntisland Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
Glasgow, G51 2SN
“Old business, Industries and Families” the 2009 Cairneyhill Church and Galgael build and sail wooden boats in celebration
exhibition offers the visitor a comprehensive dis-
play of information and photographs on
Watch House Open Day of Scotland’s heritage as a world centre of ship- For further information on the archaeology of Glasgow contact:
Sunday 20th September, 13:30-16:30 | Main Street, building and navigation and to improve the lives of University of Glasgow offers undergraduate and post-graduate
Burntislands economic history. Also available, a degree courses in archaeology, 8QQ: www.gla.ac.uk/archaeology/
Cairneyhill, Fife disadvantaged members of the community. All
wide range of information and artefacts pertaining
located on the ground floor. Glasgow Museums (and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre)
to the settlement’s fascinating history. Local vol- The first Anti-Burgher Church in Scotland, 1752.
houses a vast historical and archaeological collection that
unteers will be on hand to help extend your knowl- The simple exterior hides a spacious and ornate SK DoD evidences Glasgow’s progression throughout the ages and are
edge of Burntisland. For more information and interior with gallery and stained glass. The burial well worth a visit www.glasgowmuseums.com
event listings visit the DOD website. ground has many interesting and decorative head-
stones, including that of the first Minister, Rev
Govan Old Parish Church Glasgow Archaeological Society fosters public awareness of the
www.doorsopendays.org.uk importance of archaeology and the past through a programme of
James Burt, 1792. The Watch House, built in the Saturday 19th September, 10:00-16:00 & Sunday 20th lectures, publications, field visits and other activities:
E DoD time of the Resurrectionists, provided shelter for September, 13:00-16:00 | Govan Old Parish Church (St www.glasarchsoc.co.uk
villagers watching over the recently buried. The Constantine’s), Govan and Linthouse, 866 Govan Road,
ruin was transformed in 2007, led by the Scottish Govan, Glasgow | Grid ref: NS 554 659 Glasgow Building Preservation Trust was established in 1982 to
Museum rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings of
Lime Centre Trust and Cairneyhill Heritage Group. A display of Early Medieval stones from the 9th, architectural merit which through neglect or abuse may otherwise
Sunday 20th September, open 11:00-16:00 | Queen St, For more information visit the DOD website. 10th and 11th centuries, including hogback be lost in Glasgow and the surrounding area. The Trust makes a
Inverkeithing major contribution to Glasgow's regeneration through the
www.doorsopendays.org.uk stones, cross shafts, cross slabs and the richly
preservation of its built heritage and organises the annual Doors
Converted to a museum in 1934 from tenements ornamented Govan Sarcophagus. These will be Open Day event in Glasgow: www.gbpt.org
you can learn all about Inverkeithing’s history in DoD shown in conjunction with the Clyde Painted
the upper storey of the building which was part of Windows in Govan Cross Church and the

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Edwardian, ecclesiastical embroidery exhibition in Glasgow, Slavery & The


Linthouse Church. Abolition Movement
Robert Melvin & Moyna McGlynn | Govan & Linthouse Parish church
www.govanold.org.uk | Govan Old Church: 0141 440 2466 Saturday 19th September, 11:00 & Sunday 20th
Govan and Linthouse Manse: 0141 419 0308 September 14:00 | Outside the Tobacco Merchant’s
romel123@btinternet.com | Moyna_mcglynn@hotmail.com House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow

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audience on an historical journey of discovery
through Glasgow’s mercantile past and examines
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre the connections with tobacco, slavery and the abo-
Tours and Research Workshops lition movement. This is demonstrated today by
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 11:00-17:00 Glasgow’s built heritage, which provides an
200 Woodhead Road, Glasgow, G53 7NN extraordinary insight into the role of slavery in the
City’s economic development. This built heritage
This ground-breaking facility for Glasgow
also illustrates how individuals and organisations
Museums brings together the vast collection of
worked towards the abolition of the despicable
objects stored on behalf of the City of Glasgow.
trade in human misery. This walk is available as a
The facility re-opens in September 2009 following a
podcast (download from: www.gbpt.org)
significant extension, and visitors will be able to
access 17 of the object stores. This will mean being www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com
able to see many objects which have never been on AB DoD
public display before or have not been displayed for
many years. Accompanied tours of object stores.
Tours for BSL users and visually impaired visitors St Andrew’s in the Square
can also be arranged. Drop in events include cours- Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 10:00-16:00
es on how to research the collection, and art-based 1 St Andrews Square, Glasgow, G1 5PP

© RCAHMS
courses for adults and children. This A-listed masterpiece is one of the top six clas-
GMRC | 0141 276 9300 sical churches in the UK and modelled on St.
Martin-in-the-Fields in London. It was superbly
AB SK DoD An engraving representing the view of the Bishop's Palace, also known as the Bishop’s Castle, Glasgow. The earliest fortifications on the site probably date to
restored by GBPT as Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish the 12th century. The Castle is thought to have been occupied until the reformation in the 16th century when Archbishop Beaton fled to France in 1560.
Culture and hosts the popular Doors Open Day
Glasgow’s Built Heritage Conservation Hub, where a range of heritage
2009 Festival organisations are on hand to offer information and
East End Heritage Trail (Part 1) East End Heritage Trail (Part 2)
advice on the built environment. Exhibition on Saturday 19th September, 14:00 | The Mercat Cross, Sunday 20th September, 14:00 | People’s Palace and
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September | Various Glasgow Cross, Glasgow Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT
locations across metropolitan Glasgow Wilberforce’s Abolition of Slavery Act explores the
role of slavery in Glasgow’s mercantile past and its The Calton element of this brand new trail will pro- The Bridgeton element of this brand new trail will
For the 20th year, this fantastic and very popular influence on the city’s street names and buildings. vide a map of over 30 listed buildings, including take about an hour and a half to walk and will
event will give you the opportunity to celebrate There will be a variety of live musical events their history and exquisite architectural designs. include another 30 treasures such as the
Glasgow’s buildings, its streets, its parks and its throughout the weekend as well as tours and talks. Taking about 2 hours and including the People’s Greenhead Works, Templeton’s Tullis Street
people. Enjoy free guided walks, or pick an area Fantastic food available downstairs in Cafe Source Palace and Doulton Fountain, through St Andrew’s Memorial Garden, the Olympia Cinema, the iconic
and wander, exploring our amazing architectural with numerous Doors Open Day ‘specials’. in the Square, the Barras, Abercromby Street Umbrella at the cross and another 25 impressive
history. There will also be events during the pre- Wheelchair access to the gallery is limited. cemetery and another 25 hidden gems. buildings and monuments.
ceding week associated with the built environ-
ment; these may include talks, practical demon- E T RE DoD www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

strations or a chance to discuss an issue close to DoD DoD


your heart. Brochure is available from below. Historic Govan
Rosie Elliott | Glasgow Building Preservation Trust | 0141 221 6061
rosie@gbpt.org | www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com Saturday 19th September, 11:00 & 14:00 | Outside Old Tollcross Park Heritage Walk Abercromby Street Graveyard
Govan Parish Church, Govan Road, Glasgow
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 14:00 Tollcross & Memorial Garden
Resurrecting History: This tour led by Ingrid Shearer of Glasgow Courtyard Visitor Centre, Wellshot Road, Glasgow
Sunday 20th September, 14:00-14:45 | Gates of
The Southern Necropolis University Archaeological Division, takes in some Join the GCC LES Community Action Team for a Abercromby Street Cemetery, Glasgow
of the main archaeological sites and historic build- guided tour of this prestigious award winning
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 12:00 Join this 45 minute tour and learn about the histo-
ings illustrating the history and development of Park, internationally famous for its unique Rose
The Gatehouse, Caledonia Road, Glasgow ry of the weavers. Enjoy a re-enactment of one of
Govan from its origins as a royal centre over a Garden and impressive Winter Gardens and redo-
Colin Mackie, aka The Happy Reaper, will take you thousand years ago to the era of the great ship- the characters from the Graveyard, such as John
lent with history. A free heritage leaflet containing Page, Alexander Miller or James Ainsley. Led by
on a journey of enlightenment through the yards. The centre of Govan was declared a conser- historical facts about some 25 points of interest the Friends of the Weavers. No booking required,
Southern Necropolis Cemetery situated on the vation area in 2008. Booking essential. will be available. first come first served basis.
Caledonia Road in the Gorbals. www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com
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Glasgow’s Built Heritage, Prince, Paupers and Prospectors Niandt: An Unexplored


Tobacco, Slavery & Abolition HIGHLAND Hut Circle Setting
Saturday 22nd August, 10:30-17:00 (approx.) Glenfinnan,
Monday 21st September, 19:00 | Glasgow City Heritage Lochaber | Grid ref: NM 903 808 Saturday 19th September, 13:00 | Meet at North Shore
Highland boasts a rich and varied heritage, as
Trust, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow diverse and unspoilt as the landscape in which The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you Pottery car-park, Caithness, KW5 6DG, to share cars
Stephen Mullen presents this fascinating lecture it lies. From the mountains to the fertile plains on a exciting day trip first enjoy cruise of Loch Explore the landscape of Niandt, Latheron.
which examines Glasgow’s mercantile past from of the east coast, from the islands and dramatic Shiel to discover the rich local history and wildlife. Discover the landscape setting of three hut circles,
1660 onwards and illustrates the links with tobac- west coast to the vast expanses of peatland of The boat will then drop you off on the shores of the one with intermural cells, the others in an exposed
co, slavery, the abolition movement and the city’s the flow country, the past is always in easy loch for a trek up to the old Corrntee Mines. This setting high on the cliffs of Niandt. Wear water-
urban environment. The direct and indirect con- reach. Visit the many prehistoric burial cairns, event is in collaboration with Sileas Cruises and proofs and stout footwear. No dogs please.
nections with slavery will be highlighted, in addi- standing stones and extensive settlement Lochaber Geopark. It is an outdoor event, so wear Meg Sinclair | Caithness Archaeological Trust | 01593 731233/269
tion to the later local campaigns for abolition. The remains. Ponder over Pictish carvings, admire appropriate clothing and stout waterproof email@caithnessarchaeology.org.uk
talk provides an intriguing account of role of slav- the architecture of medieval castles, churches footwear. Bring refreshments. Forest Heritage www.caithenssarchaeology.org.uk
ery in Glasgow’s history, one which has been large- and chapels, wander through the poignant Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission
Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. MW SA C
ly unacknowledged until recent times. remains of townships cleared of their inhabi-
tants in the 18th and 19th centuries, or visit Ruari Watt | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01786 222 119
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com
the remnants of more recent history such as Ruari.watt@forestry.gsi.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com
Secrets of the Forest Revealed:
DoD bridges, mills and limekilns of the industrial Inchindown Oil Storage Tanks
T AB HW
age and the wartime defences of the twentieth Saturday 19th September, tours all day | Inchindown
century. Storage Tanks near Alness | Grid ref: NH 688 744
Pottering About the Past Come Listen to the Crofters
Andrew Puls The Forest Heritage Scotland project offers a rare
Every Sunday during October, 14:00-15:30 | Glasgow Highland Council Saturday 5th September, times TBC | Lael Forest car
Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South chance to explore the tunnels constructed to
park, near Ullapool | Grid ref: NH196811
Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN ensure a constant supply of oil to Invergordon dur-
Hear traditional Highland folk stories and music at ing World War Two. Come along and discover the
Join us at the newly opened Glasgow Museums’ For further information on the archaeology of Highland contact: Lael Forest and discover the history of the sur- history of this unusual wartime monument. Forest
Resource Centre for a series of fun pottery work- Caithness Field Club explores the Local History, Archaeology,
Geography, Natural History, Palaeontology of Caithness. The
rounding area. This outdoor event is being run in Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry
shops being run in conjunction with Scottish collaboration with Ullapool Museum (www.ulla Commission Scotland in partnership with
Members lead guided walks throughout the year. In the winter
Archaeology Month. Explore our vast and fascinat- months indoor activities include lectures, talks, slide shows on a poolmuseum.co.uk). Please wear suitable outdoor RCAHMS. Please check the website.
ing stores, viewing and handling real objects that wide range of topics: www.caithness.org/caithnessfieldclub/ clothing and waterproof footwear. Forest Heritage forestheritagescotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
people from the past have left behind. Objects Caithness Archaeological Trust (CAT) aims to re-engage the Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission www.forestheritagescotland.com
range from basic prehistoric pinch pots to piggy people of Caithness with their heritage and cultural roots in a Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. Please
banks found during the recent M74 excavations. positive way, not only as spectators but as active participants: T AB EW DoD
www.caithnessarchaeology.org.uk/index.html check the website below for booking details.
Children and families will discover what these can
forestheritagescotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
tell us about the people that made and used them, Dunbeath Preservation Trust works to preserve and understand
the natural and cultural heritage of Dunbeath. The recently www.forestheritagescotland.com The Archaeology of Strathconon
before having a chance to create their very own
developed Heritage Centre provides a focus for many of the Wednesday 23rd, Saturday 26th September & Sunday 4th
objects to take home! You can attend as few or as Trust’s activities including their educational services, collections, RE AB EW October, 11:00-18:00 | Strathconon Village Hall, Milton,
many workshops as you like. Booking early is family history materials and archives: Strathconon, IV6 7QQ | Grid ref: NH 307 555
advised. www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk Watenan Circular Walk
Highland Council Archaeology Unit co-ordinates various
A fascinating exhibition on the results and find-
Lisa Mckechnie | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Sunday 6th September, 9:30 and 10:15 | Assemble at ings of the Strathconon Project will be on display
0141 276 9300 | Lisa.mckechnie@csglasgow.org outreach programmes including Highland Archaeology Festival:
www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvironment/conservation/archaeology
Wick/Thurso train station car parks 09.30 and Watenan in the Strathconon Village Hall, Milton, for the
www.glasgowmuseums.com
car park 10.15 | Grid ref: ND 3187 4082
whole day. The Project, which was part of the
AS DoD AB A circular walk to Cairn of Gett Neolithic cham- Scotland Rural Past scheme, demonstrates the
bered cairn, stone rows and Bronze Age cist burial. many aspects of the busy rural way of life going
Children’s Choices Marion Owen | Caithness Field Club back hundreds of years in this once well populated
01847 892999 | marrow@tiscali.co.uk glen. The exhibition is free and all are welcome to
Sunday 4th October, 13:00-14:00 | Glasgow Museums
come and chat with members of NOSAS and find
Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill MW SA C
© Marion O’Neil (maroneil@yahoo.co.uk)

out more about their experiences.


Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN
Meryl Marshall | North of Scotland Archaeological Society
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is home to Search for Vikings within a 01349 861 824 | Meryl.marshall@tesco.net | www.nosas.co.uk
over 15,000 archaeological objects. Join us for a Bronze Age Landscape
fun and hands on children’s tour of some of the Saturday 12th September, 13:00 | Meet at North Shore
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weird & wonderful Scottish objects stored here at Pottery car-park to share cars, KW5 6DG
the GMRC. See if you can discover the answers to Archaeological Survey Day
Explore the landscape surrounding Wag of Forse.
questions that have baffled archaeologists for
Discover a Late Bronze Age landscape then search
with Scotland’s Rural Past
years! Friday 25th September, 10:30-15:30 | For details of
for later Viking cattle-sheds. Wear waterproofs and
Lisa McKechnie | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre stout footwear, rough walking in places. No dogs. location and access please contact the organiser
0141 276 9300 | Lisa.mckechnie@csglasgow.org This Norse bone comb was found at Freswick in Caithness. An important
www.glasgowmuseums.com Meg Sinclair | Dunbeath Preservation Trust | 01593 731233 Join Historic Assynt’s Archaeological Survey Team
Norse farmstead was established at Freswick Bay. The settlement is referred
to in Norse sagas, and structures dating to between the 11th and 13th
info@dunbeath-heritage.org.uk | www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk for a surveying workshop at the site they are cur-
T DoD AB centuries have been excavated in the area. Illustration reproduced with kind rently working on. The workshop will provide
permission of Marion O’Neil
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Gordon Sleight | Historic Assynt | 01571 855207 *In a field near Birnie. Leave Elgin on the A941; on the edge of Elgin,
Gordon@gsleight.freeserve.co.uk INVERCLYDE take the road west for Dallas, Thomshill and the golf course. Heading
for Thomshill, drive past the turn-off to Birnie Kirk and take the next
ORKNEY
right, opposite a small cottage (Barholm). If you reach Thomshill,
SK AB SA C you’ve gone too far. Just before some trees on the right, turn right into
The archaeology of Clyde Muirshiel Regional the field and park by the Portakabin, IV30 8SU, grid ref: NJ 2099 5847.
With their rich heritage, distinctive traditions
Park, Invercyde tells the story of many of Parking in the field, maps available from Elgin Museum. and culture, and hauntingly beautiful scenery,
Yarrows: The Other Side Scotland’s most significant transformations. Its the Orkney Islands are undoubtedly amongst
Dr Fraser Hunter | National Museums Scotland | 0131 247 4053
Saturday 26th September, 13:00 | Meeting Point: earliest remains date back almost 4,000 years to f.hunter@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk/ironage_scotland Scotland’s most outstanding attractions. Their
Thrumster House, KW1 5TX the ‘Beaker’ people whose round hut dwellings unique range of ancient monuments dating
A short walk to the Thrumster Garden Broch to have been found at Loch Thom and EX SA C back 5,000 years - including the Neolithic vil-
view the Yarrows Hills and look at a very early Garshangen. The Park boasts several Iron Age lage of Skara Brae, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
excavation. Then to the east side of Yarrows Loch hillforts such as Castle Hill, while later, follow- Altyre Estate Open Day and the two henge monuments, The Ring of
to visit sites outwith the Yarrows Trail, beginning ing the Roman invasion, Whitemoss Fort was Brodgar and The Standing Stones of Stenness,
established at Bishopston to guard the western Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 | Altyre Estate, are recognised by UNESCO as The Heart of
at the North Yarrows Cottage and including the Forres, Moray, IV36 2SH | NJ 021549 | Follow signs for
recently excavated Battle Moss stone rows, flank of the Antonine Wall. During the Norman Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.
DOD from A940 and park as directed
McCole’s Castle and other remains. era, heavily fortified castles were built by noble-
men, the most spectacular in the area being Doors Open Day at the Altyre Estate, Forres. Elaine Clarke
Islay MacLeod | Yarrows Heritage Trust | 01955 651387 Altyre is an ancient estate set in beautiful wood-
Islay.macleod@btinternet.com
Duchal Castle, while, more recently, the Park World Heritage Site Ranger Service
was the site of many of the mills and factories land. The traditional seat of the Cumming Clan and
MW which assured Scotland a major place in the the estate is still managed by the family. Of partic-
history of the industrial innovations of the last ular archaeological interest are the Ogham Stone For further information on the archaeology of Orkney contact:
at Duffus Parish (RCAHMS Canmore: NJ 05NW 34) Orkney College UHI offers postgraduate courses in archaeology
centuries.
A Walk to Caird’s Cave Elspeth Durkin NJ 038544 and the ruined Medieval kirk (RCAHMS
with an emphasis on practical fieldskills. Details of the courses
can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences sections of the
Saturday 26th September, 14:00 (time TBC) | Meet at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Canmore: NJ05NW 32) NJ 035554. website, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney,
Rosemarkie Beach car park | Grid ref: NH 737 577 KW15 1LX | T: 01856 569000 | www.uhi.ac.uk
Janet Trythall | Civic Committee, The Moray Society | 01343 543675
People have used caves from the earliest prehis- curator@elginmuseum.co.uk (state FAO: Janet Trythall)
Archaeology Day World Heritage Site Ranger Service offers a free education
service to schools, colleges and community groups to promote
toric period in Scotland. We will walk along the
Sunday 27th September, 13:00-15:00 | Cornalees Bridge EW SA C DoD understanding of the natural, cultural and historic environment of
beach from Rosemarkie, to look at Caird’s Cave, Orkney. For details of events and activities contact:
Centre, Loch Thom, Near Inverkip, PA16 9LX
one of the many caves along the Moray Firth World Heritage Site Ranger Service, c/o Skara Brae, Sandwick,
Grid ref: NS 246 721
shore. Find out more about people’s occupation of Orkney, KW16 3LR | T: 01856 841732
caves, and Caird’s Cave with its evidence of Iron Come and see an Archaeology style ‘dig’, try your www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/learning/ranger.htm
Age bone-working and much later use by the hand at our ‘practise’ pits or use ancient technolo- Cuween Tomb
Travelling Folk. Contact us because route is tidal. gy. We shall have several different kinds of activi-
ties for people to ‘try their hand at’, including pot- Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Cuween Tomb, Finstown,
Susan Kruse | ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands) Firth
01997 421171 | ARCHhighland@googlemail.com tery and hand weaving. Content aimed at families.
Elspeth Durkin | 01505 614 791 |elspeth.durkin@clydemuirshiel.co.uk
Orkney is well known for its Neolithic history and
AB EW SA C YAC Judy McReady | 01475 521 458 | www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk archaeology. For one afternoon only the Ranger
rangers.cornalees@clydemuirshiel.co.uk Service will be offering a guided tour of this site.
300 Years of “Living On The Edge” Please meet at the site.
AS SK AB AA
Sandra Miller | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01856 841 732
in Upper Strathconon: Exploring a orkneyrangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Fascinating Multi-period Landscape MORAY
Sunday 4th October, meet 11:00 | The event is based on T MW SA C
Scardroy in the very upper part of Strathconon, 17 miles For further information on the archaeology of Moray contact:
west of Marybank, Ross-shire | Meet at the large car park The Moray Society run a programme of winter lectures and
at the end of the public road | Grid ref: NH 227 519 summer outings. Among other activities the Society provides a Wideford Tomb
pool of volunteers for local digs as well as voluntary staffing for
Two fascinating walks (6km and 2-4km) will be led the Elgin Museum: www.elginmuseum.org.uk Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Wideford Tomb, St Ola
by members of the North of Scotland Archaeology
Celts and Romans at Birnie is an online educational resource Orkney is well known for its Neolithic history and
Society (NOSAS) who are researching the history based on excavations carried out at Birnie by National Museums archaeology. For one afternoon only the Ranger
and recording the archaeology of the once well Scotland over the years. This work has done much to cast light on
Scotland’s Iron Age: www.nms.ac.uk/ironage_scotland
Service will be offering a guided tour of each of
populated glen of Strathconon. Both walks last 3
this site. Please meet at the site.
hours and intended for different physical abilities.
A free exhibition on the findings of the Strath- Sandra Miller | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01856 841 732

© World Heritage Site Ranger Service.


conon Project will be on display in the Strathconon Birnie Excavations Open Day orkneyrangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Village Hall, Milton for the whole day and all are Sunday 13th September, adult tours 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 T MW SA C
welcome. Part of Highland Archaeology Festival. and 16:00; kids’ tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, plus
Contact organisers for more details. hands-on activities for kids all day long | Near Birnie*
The Ring of Brodgar, part of The Heart of
Meryl Marshall | North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) Visit the excavations of an Iron Age and Pictish Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site
01349 861824 | Meryl.marshall@tesco.net | www.nosas.co.uk site at Birnie. Previous digs have found evidence of
E EW MW SA C AB a local power centre with links to the Roman
world, including two hoards of Roman coins. Hear
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Discover virtual underwater archaeology in a mini- ‘viewing’ as they work. Further information will be Borders Heritage Week:
PERTH AND KINROSS tank. With mask and snorkel, only the face and available on the day at the Castle Semple Visitor
hands get wet! Record objects and draw underwa-
Unlocking Our Heritage
Centre (10:00-17:00). The Watch Tower at the
Perth and Kinross, the Heartland of Scotland, ter. For ages 7+. Visitor Centre will be open to the public on both Various venues and locations
contains a rich and varied archaeological her- Ms Barrie Andrian | The Scottish Crannog Centre | 01887 830583 days in the afternoons (14:00-16:00) but may pres- The first annual Borders Heritage Week
itage. The archaeology of the area includes a info@crannog.co.uk | www.crannog.co.uk ent some accessibility issues, contact organisers. (September 19th-27th) kicks off this year! Further
wealth of prehistoric monuments, such as stone Elspeth Durkin | Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park | 01505 614 791 information from our website.
circles, burial mounds and hillforts; the legacy SK
elspeth.durkin@clydemuirshiel.co.uk | www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk Chris Bowles | Scottish Borders Council | 01835 826 622
of the Roman occupation, including the earliest Christopher.bowles@scotborders.gov.uk
land frontier in Roman Britain; and the enig- Innes Bhuidhe: E EX MW DoD SA C www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk
matic remains of the Picts, Burial Ground of the McNabs EW MW HW EX SK T E RE
Saturday 19th September, 13:30 | Meet outside the SCOTTISH BORDERS
Steven Timoney, Outreach Officer, Perth and AS AA DoD
Breadalbane Folklore Centre, Killin, Loch Lomond & The
Kinross Heritage Trust
Trossachs National Park, Breadalbane, FK21 8XE From the Mesolithic to our recent industrial
For further information on the archaeology of Perth and Kinross Innis Bhuidhe (Yellow Island) is the clan McNabs past, the archaeology of the Scottish Borders is Easter Hill Earthwork Climb
contact: Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust provides and burial ground. Within a walled enclosure are the a rich and unique resource. The Borders her- Saturday 5th September, 13:30 | Leaderfoot Viewpoint,
promotes high quality opportunities for the conservation,
graves of the clan chiefs with ordinary members of itage is a frontier heritage. The region has long off A68, 4.5 miles South of Earlston | Meet at South end
enhancement and promotion of the historic environment of Perth been at the crossroads of British History; the
the clan buried outside. Burials have possibly been of the 18th century Old Drygrange Bridge, the middle
and Kinross. The Trust offers many services including online
information and publications and their outreach activities include taking place from medieval period. James McNab Iron Age kings used its hills for their citadels, bridge between the Leaderfoot Viaduct and the A68 road
the popular Perthshire Archaeology Month which takes place in of McNab will give a guided tour of the island the Romans marched its length and breadth, bridge, TD6 9DF | Grid ref: NT 575346
June: www.pkht.org.uk the Angles made it the heartland of
which is accessed from the Falls of Dochart Bridge. SAM Walk crossing R. Tweed and Gattonside road
Stout shoes recommended. Northumbria, medieval kings and armies to Leaderfoot Farm and very stiff climb up to the
pushed and pulled against an ever shifting bor- earthwork on the south side of Easter Hill. This is
Strathearn Environs and MW DoD der and reivers ruled by horse and sword. The the middle earthwork on the Gattonside Ridge. We
Royal Forteviot Dig Open Day mark left by this human story is represented in climbed up to Chester Knowe in 2008 and hope to
Sunday 16th August, 10:00-16:00 | In the fields south of Pots: Get Creative with Clay! almost 15,000 sites and monuments waiting to tackle Camp Knowe in 2010. On returning to
Forteviot Village, Perthshire | Grid ref: NO 052 172 Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00 | Scottish Crannog be explored. Leaderfoot Viewpoint (and parked cars) we make
Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY Christopher Bowles our way to Newstead Village Hall for tea and bis-
The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot Scottish Borders Council
(SERF) project will be continuing excavations of a Get creative with clay! Discover ancient pottery cuits (donation requested) about 15.30.
remarkable complex of prehistoric and early finds and firing methods based on pot evidence Donald Gordon | The Trimontium Trust | 01896 822651
For further information on the archaeology of Scottish Borders
secretary_trimontium@btinternet.com | www.trimontium.org.uk
medieval remains, which were first identified from from Crannogs. Explore the basics of making coil contact:
www.curlesnewstead.org.uk
the air as cropmarks. This year’s investigation will pots and pit firing in this hands-on event. Countryside and Heritage Service of Scottish Borders Council
works to develop public interest in, and awareness of, the historic
continue to focus on one of the henge-like enclo- Ms Barrie Andrian | The Scottish Crannog Centre | 01887 830583 Scottish Borders through the development of informative HW SA C
sures, which has proved so far to have early prehis- info@crannog.co.uk | www.crannog.co.uk publications and greater access to historic sites:
toric origins as well as evidence of later prehistoric www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk
and medieval reworkings. Further excavations will AS Walk ‘n’ Talk
The Trimontium Trust runs a series of activities for members and
also take place at the Pictish cemetery, exploring a the general public including lectures and outings: Sunday 20th September, 14:00-17:00 | Parish Church of
large rectangular enclosure that is surrounded by RENFREWSHIRE www.trimontium.org.uk Lyne and Manor, Peebles. EH45 9JH | Grid ref: NT 1918
barrows and unenclosed graves. Peeblesshire Archaeological Society offers the a range of 4050 (approx. 4.5 miles west of Peebles on A72)
activities that allows members to ‘get out of your armchair’ and A series of guided walks centred on Lyne Church,
Tessa Poller | Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow For further information on the heritage of Renfrewshire contact:
become involved in local archaeology:
0141 330 2991 | 0141 330 5690 | t.poller@archaeology.gla.ac.uk Renfrewshire Local History Forum acts as an umbrella including the recently conserved Adam and Eve
www.peeblesarchsoc.org.uk/index.htm
www.gla.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research/projects/serf/ organisation for all the societies in the county which have an
stone, Early Christian graves on Abbey Knowe, and
interest in history and heritage. As well as acting as a link
EW SA C between societies, the Forum organises conferences and the Roman fort of Lyne, preceded by an introducto-
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lectures: http://rlhf.info/news.php ry talk in the church. Part of Borders Heritage
Week.
Sandpit Archaeology Bob Knox | Peeblesshire Archaeological Society | 01721 722203
Sunday 6th September, 12:00-14:00 | Scottish Crannog Castle Semple Centre Open Day robknox@9glenrd.freeserve.co.uk | peeblesarchsoc.org.uk
Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September | Castle Semple T EW SA C
Try your hand at trowelling for clues to the past. Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4EA
Learn how to record your finds and what to do
© Scottish Borders Council

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Then and A Georgian Country House Kitchen


with them. Fun for all ages from 7+. Now” showing areas of Lochwinnoch from the ear-
Ms Barrie Andrian | The Scottish Crannog Centre | 01887 830583 liest days of photography to the present day with Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00
info@crannog.co.uk | www.crannog.co.uk Paxton House, Berwickshire, TD15 1SZ
accompanying photographs of the places in
2008/09, to show any changes or if things have Period cookery demonstrations and living history
SK AB
‘stayed the same’. Renfrewshire Local History displays in and around the Georgian kitchen, boat-
Forum will also be carrying out an archaeological house and grounds of Paxton House. Built in 1758
Snorkel Archaeology dig in the Parkhill Woodlands (part of the Country A significant part of Scottish Border’s ‘frontier heritage’, Newstead was one by John and James Adam, Paxton House is one of
of the most important command centres of the Roman army in Scotland.
Sunday 6th September: 14:00-16:00 | Scottish Crannog Park at Castle Semple) throughout the Sunday Among other treasures the site produced these Roman parade helmets with
the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in
Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY which will be open to members of the public for facemasks Britain. Part of Borders Heritage Week.

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Liz Jones | Headland Archaeology | www.headlandarchaeology.com


Derek Sharman MBE | Berwick Slow Food Group | 01289 330218 Daniel Rhodes | National Trust for Scotland | www.nts.org.uk
timetoexplore@btinternet.com | www.foodheritage-berwick.org.uk 0131 4677705 | office@headlandarchaeology.com

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The Skirmish Hill Coldingham History Weekend


Sunday 20th September, 14:00 | Meet in front of the Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 & Sunday 27th
Melrose Parish Church September, 10:00-16:30 | Coldingham Public Hall, The
An opportunity to learn about the bloody events of Square, Coldingham, Berwickshire, TD14 5NG
the 25th July 1526 when Scott of Buccleuch chal- Exhibition with photos, maps, short talks and a
lenged the power of the Douglas over the custody hands-on event for children. Border Family History
of the boy king James V. Enjoy a pleasant 5 mile Society presence with bookstall.Coldinghamshire
walk through some beautiful Borders countryside. was the name of the large estate of Coldingham
The walk is along good footpaths and country Priory, once described as the Cinderella of the
lanes on mostly flat or gently sloping terrain so Border Abbeys. The ruins are presently undergo-
should be accessible for most people. Part of ing a conservation programme. Church open in
Borders Heritage Week. afternoons. Part of Borders Heritage Week.
Ian Skinner | Melrose Historical Society | 01835 822823 Julia Carter | Friends of Coldingham Priory | 018907 71420 SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
i.skinner@btinternet.com julia.carter@homecall.co.uk | www.coldingham.info Much of South Lanarkshire’s archaeology reflects Scotland’s place in the
industrial and engineering revolutions of the last few centuries. Some of

© RCAHMS
the mills and factories of this time like Hallside Steelworks, pictured,
MW AA E T SK remain in the landscape as disused shells, while others disappeared like
For further information on the archaeology of South Lanarkshire Wilsontown Ironworks, buried beneath the South Lanarkshire forest
contact:
Scott Clan Gathering: The Muster SHETLAND South Lanarkshire Museums provide a great way to explore the
past of this region. Information on the museums and their events
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:30 | South Bowhill
and collections can be found through the Glasgow Museums STIRLING
Field, Bowhill, Selkirk, TD7 5ES website: www.glasgowmuseums.com
For further information on the archaeology of Shetland contact:
A gathering for Borders families of all names, clans Shetland Museum and Archives organises various events and Stirling and its hinterland have played a key
provides supports through their ‘Heritage Hub’ to a volunteer- Forestry Commission Scotland provide opportunities and advice
and allegiances, hosted by the Scotts of Buccleuch. on exploring the natural and archaeological landscape of role in the story of Scotland since the first
based membership of Shetland’s heritage community as well as
Featuring demonstrations of traditional sports; a housing numerous collections and archives: Scotland: www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland hunter gatherers travelled up the River Forth
re-enactment of the historic Carterhaugh Ba’ www.shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk almost 7000 years ago, through medieval times
Forest Heritage Scotland is a project is a partnership between
Game; a literary marquee to showcase the best of Shetland Amenity Trust work to protect, improve and enhance when the Royal Court was at Stirling Castle,
Forestry Commission Scotland and the Royal Commission on the
modern and traditional Borders writing and arts; many aspects of Shetland’s heritage. The Trust provides many Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, which aims to right up to modern times. It lies at a crossroads
crafts and local foods; a genealogy marquee with opportunities to learn about Shetland’s natural and archaeological enhance knowledge and inspire exploration of the heritage sites where influences from north and south, east
heritage through research and outreach initiatives: on the national forest estate. The FHS website gives information
experts showing how to trace ancestry; music; clan www.shetland-heritage.co.uk/amenitytrust/ and west meet and where people have left
on around 50 locations in Scotland to explore yourself or take part
parades and a whole host of other entertainments. in community archaeology activities: behind their burial cairns and forts, castles and
Part of Borders Heritage Week. www.forestheritagescotland.com cemeteries and lots more.
Helen Currie | Buccleuch Heritage Trust / Buccleuch Estates Gunnister Man Lorna Main
01750 22204 | hcurrie@buccleuch.com | bht@buccleuch.com Archaeology Officer, Stirling Council
www.bowhill.org Exhibition and Events
Saturday 12th September - Sunday 1st November Wilsontown Ironworks: For further information on the archaeology of Stirling contact:
St Abb’s Archaeology Open Day Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Beneath the Grass Stirling Smith Museum is the home of a significant collection of
Shetland, ZE1 0WP rare and unique artefacts, spanning centuries of Scottish, British
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:00 | St Abb’s Head Sunday 13th September, 14:00-16:00 | Wilsontown, and World history: www.smithartgallery.demon.co.uk
National Nature Reserve Visitor’s Centre, Northfield, In 1951 men digging peats in Northmavine, Ironworks, Heathland Forest, Forth, South Lanarkshire |
Eyemouth, Scottish Borders TD14 5QF (on main road, Shetland discovered a body. Although little of his Grid ref: NS 950565 | Join the A801 from Junction 4 of
B6438 into St Abb’s) | Access to meeting point at Visitor remains survived his clothing and belongings did. the M8. Proceed south to the A706 and follow this road
Centre by car, then a 10min walk to harbour and a 40min towards Lanark. Take the B7016 north of Forth and follow Ardess Hidden History Trail,
From the style of these we know the man died
walk along coast path with steep slopes to kirk site around 1700. The mystery of the Gunnister Man signs for Wilsontown. Ben Lomond: Self-guided Trail
Join the National Trust for Scotland and Headland remains - who was he? What was he doing in the Take a walk around Wilsontown Ironworks and 1st - 30th September | Leaflet available dispenser
Archaeology to explore the archaeology of St Abb’s peat hells? Why was he not buried in a graveyard meet costumed characters from the past. This live- beside: NTS Ranger Centre, Ardess Lodge,
on the Berwickshire coast. Have a go at surveying and how did he die? For the first time since their ly and funny guided tour is sure to entertain you Rowardennan, Drymen, G63 0AR | Grid ref: NS 367 029
and recording or enjoy a historic guided walk. discovery in 1951 the clothing and belongings of as we hear all about how the Wilsons are getting In your own time explore the subtle archaeological
Maritime electronic survey of St Abbs Harbour. the Gunnister Man will be on display in Shetland, on with their innovative Ironworks from some of remains along this short trail among the oak
Sessions at 10:00 and 14:00. Meet at Visitor on loan from the National Museums of Scotland. the people who lived and worked there. Suitable for woodlands on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond. The
Centre. Survey of medieval earthworks on St Abb's Visit this fascinating exhibition and participate in all the family, come along and experience living trail leaflet can be picked up on site or can be
head (Kirk site). Sessions at 13:00 and 14:00. Meet a range of free events. history! downloaded from the NTS web site page for Ben
at Visitor’s Centre. Guided walks of the historic Kirsty Clark | Shetland Museum and Archives | 01595 695057 Emma Stewart | Forestry Commission Scotland | 01698 222205 Lomond: www.nts.org.uk/Property/11/
headland throughout the day. Meet at Visitor’s info@shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk emma.stewart@forestry.gsi.gov.uk Alastair Eckersall | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2217
Centre. Book below or pop in during the day. www.shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk benlomond@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk
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WESTERN ISLES WEST LOTHIAN

Bannockburn Battlefield Walk


STIRLING CONTINUED
Wednesday 23rd September, 13:00-17:00 | Bannock-burn
Heritage Centre, Glasgow Road, Stirling, FK7 0LJ
WESTERN ISLES Secrets of the Forest Revealed: Seven mile guided walk of the sites associated with
Aberfoyle Slate Quarries the Battle of Bannockburn. The route follows easy
For further information on the archaeology of Western Isles contact: country paths along the Bannock Burn. Event does
The Western Isles Archaeology Service, run by Comhairle nan
Saturday 19th September, tours all day | Aberfoyle Slate
Eilean Siar has responsibility for the care of archaeological sites and Quarries near Aberfoyle | Grid ref: NN 505 031 not include admission to Bannockburn Heritage
monuments throughout the Western Isles Centre. Admission prices and opening times for the
In the 1800s, Aberfoyle was the third most impor-
www.cne-siar.gov.uk/archaeology/ Centre can be found at www.nts.org.uk. Booking
tant quarry in Scotland. At its peak it had its own
essential, contact below.
village. The Forest Heritage Scotland project
A Guided Tour of the Surveyed invites you to come explore the history of Evelyn Wilson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2139
ewilson@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk
Old Settlement of Bosta Aberfoyle Slate Quarry and the people who lived
Saturday 5th September, 12:00 | Meet at the car park at
there. Part of the Forest Heritage Scotland under- MW AB T SA C
Bosta Beach, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, HS2 taken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partner-
ship with RCAHMS. Check website below.
Visit the settlement of Bosta Village cleared 1880
and the wider area which has Iron Age sites and forestheritagescotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
www.forestheritagescotland.com
WEST DUMBARTONSHIRE
even older Neolithic monuments. This coastal site
also has kelp kiln remains and curing houses in DoD MW AB T Homecoming at Cochno Sheilings
the vicinity. The guided tour consists of an initial
short guided walk lasting around 1 hour. This is a Saturday 12th September, 12:00-16:00 | Edinbarnet
‘medium’ walk over uneven ground with no paths.
Strathfillan Gold Council Car Park, Cochno Road, Glasgow (free car
Visitors can stay on for an optional longer guided Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00 | Tyndrum, FK20 parking) | Grid ref: NS 504 739
tour lasting 2-3 hours in all. This additional tour 8RY | Grid ref: NN 327 304 | More details when booked The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to
is an extension of the first. It covers a greater dis- Join National Park Countryside Rangers and mem- leave your township and make a trip up the hill to
tance with more sites and the agricultural area. bers of the Strathfillan Community Development the summer grazing lands. Discover and join in
This longer walk is a ‘hard’ walk over boggy Trust on a journey through time and discover the with some of the activities that people would have
ground. Please wear stout footwear as the ground mining heritage of Tyndrum. Explore evidence of done in the past to prepare for the winter at the
is uneven. Please note that no dogs are allowed in an ice-age past in the area around one of Scotland’s summer sheilings. This event is being run in col-
this area. few remaining gold mines. The event is a mixture laboration with West Dumbartonshire Council
Maggie Smith | Lewis and Harris Archaeology Group of a guided walk (around 5km or 3 miles), a Ranger Service. Please bring warm outdoor wear
T: 01851 860204 | M: 07788966292 | maggiesmith@hebrides.net minibus ride and hands-on-activities, panning for and waterproof; stout footwear; snacks and water.
gold is even a possibility. Most of the walking is on Suitable for all ages. Part of Forest Heritage
MW HW established paths although there are two short, Scotland undertaken by Forestry Commission
rather steep sections over undulating and uneven Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Guided Walk to Dun Eistean ground. Bring appropriate weatherproof clothing Gillian Neil | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01389 752977
Every Tuesday in September, 12:00 | Meet at the Port of and footwear. Please bring a packed lunch. Gillian.neil@west-dunbarton.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com
Ness Harbour, Ness, Isle of Lewis | Grid ref: NB 537 637 Gavin Skipper | Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority
AS AB EW
01389 722040 | gavin.skipper@lochlomond-trossachs.org
A walk from the historic harbour at Port of Ness www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
along the dramatic coast to the ancestral home of
the Clan Morrison which has recently been exca- DoD MW AB T WEST LOTHIAN
vated to uncover its history. For further information on the archaeology of West Lothian
Julie Sievewright | Countryside Ranger Fintry’s Fascinating Fort contact:
Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society: www.eafs.org.uk
01851 810825 | www.galsontrust.com
20th September, 10:30-15:00 | Meet at the Sport’s Centre
in the village of Fintry | Guided walk to site of Dunmore
Guided Walk through Fort in the Campsie Fells | Sport’s Centre Grid ref:
South Galson NS61528688 | Dunmore Fort Grid ref: NS 6047 8648
Historic Scotland Linlithgow
Every Thursday in September, 12:00 | Meet at Galson Peel Archaeology Day
Join the experts on our archaeological walk as part
Farmhouse, South Galson | Grid ref: NB 436 591 of Scottish Archaeology Month. Archaeologist Saturday 3rd October, 13:00-16:00 | Linlithgow Palace,
Find out about the fascinating story of South Lorna Main will be introducing us to the hillfort Kirkgate, Linlithgow, EH49 7AL | Grid ref: NT 0019 7731
© RCAHMS

Galson Village from the Iron Age to the present that overlooks Fintry, so that means a bit of a Drop in afternoon for children and families at the
day and the events that inspired the community climb to get there, but at a leisurely pace with a Palace. Try out historical skills, learn about
to buy the estate. few stops along the way. Bring walking boots, Medieval history and how people lived in the past
Julie Sievewright | Countryside Ranger lunch and weatherproof clothing. and hear from a costumed performer about life
01851 810825 | www.galsontrust.com Douglas Flynn | Stirling Council | 01786 442439 under the Stuart Kings.
flynnd@stirling.gov.uk | www.stirling.gov.uk/countryside Ian Lewis | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01506 842065
Dun Eistean, Western Isles features in this year’s SAM HS.Rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
events as walk led by Julie Sievewritght, Countryside MW AB SA C
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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

Everyone can celebrate Scottish Archaeology


Month! Whether it’s by dressing up as a Viking,

SAM FOR SCHOOLS! trying out some Iron Age recipes, surveying
your playground or burying a ‘time-capsule’ for
future archaeologists to find - there are many
exciting ways to have fun with archaeology in
Scotland...

How can my school get involved?

Celebrate SAM at school: get ideas on how


school groups can have fun and learn with
archaeology by visiting the Archaeology
Scotland website www.archaeology
scotland.org.uk and follow the links to our
Education and Outreach schools’ resources.
Once you know what you want to do for SAM
for Schools! Use the feedback from at Learning
Teaching Scotland www.ltscotland.org.uk to
get your events and photographs profiled
online. Use our Ideas Guide to inspire you. In
the meantime, we hope you’ll find something in
our Schools Programme for you and your class.

ARGYLL & BUTE


Re-launch of the Ardnadam
Heritage Trail and the Chapel Site
Thursday 17th September | Ardnadam Glen, Chapel Site,
Sandbank near Dunoon, Argyll, PA23
Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS)
will re-launch the Ardnadam Heritage Trail and the
Chapel Site on September 16th 2009. The main
archaeological site, excavated during the 1960s
and 70s by CAHS, contains Neolithic and Iron Age
settlement together with the remains of a medieval
chapel, some 'cell' graves and a surrounding early
Christian enclosure.

The surrounding landscape features 39 'recessed


platforms' representing, predominantly, early his-
toric settlement sites (many are later used for
small scale industry in the 18th and 19th century
for the production of Charcoal). As part of the for-
mal re-launching of the heritage trail National
Park Rangers will hold demonstrations of Stone
Age & Iron Age life on the 5,000 year old site. The
following day local schools will be invited to the
site to participate in the re-enactment and learn
more about the Archaeology and natural history of
the Trail
Evelyn Hide |Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS)
01369703876 | evelynhide@btinternet.com| www.Cowal.org

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DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY topsoil sifting - perhaps you will make an exciting The Hamilton Story / Film Screening:
find? The Mausoleum: Caledonian Pottery Excavation
Time Detectives Suitable for P4 to S2. Curricular areas: People, past Schools Facilitated Sessions Every Thursday in September at 14:00 | Low Parks
30th September, 10:30-12:00, 12:30-14:00 (two sessions events and societies, and People, place and envi- Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BJ
of 90 minutes each) | Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple, Throughout September, half day and full day sessions
ronment. The archaeological hands-on activities
Dumfries, DG1 4RU | Grid ref: NY 025 656 Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mausoleum, 129 Muir To celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month, we will
are a good Opportunity for personal achievement Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BJ
outside the classroom. Guided tours of the site are be screening the short 20-minute film commis-
Become a time detective and explore the castle
free. Schools have to provide their own transport. Dip into Hamilton’s rich and exciting past, you can sioned for the Caledonian Pottery project, part of
with an archaeologist to discover clues that tell us
choose to dig deep into Hamilton’s history, learn the M74 Completion Public Archaeology pro-
how the castle was built and how it has changed Laura Bennison | National Museums Scotland
0131 247 4435 | l.bennison@nms.ac.uk about the ancestral seat of the Hamilton family, gramme. In one of the largest single excavation
over time. Handle artefacts and find out about life
www.nms.ac.uk/education_activities/celts_and_romans_at_birnie.aspx visit the magnificent mausoleum and find out projects in Europe, a team of archaeologists exca-
at Caerlaverock through the ages.
about the secrets hidden within this historic land- vated sites along the route of the new motorway
Education Unit | Historic Scotland SK EX AB SA C mark. Suitable for all year groups Primary, link. The Caledonian Pottery was one of the three
0131 668 8793 / 8736 | hs.education@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/education_unit Secondary and Higher Education largest sites to be excavated and revealed pottery
Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council
production on a massive scale. The film presents
T SK AB EW AA PERTH AND KINROSS 01698 453227 | Rhona.mckinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk the fascinating history of the factory, shows the
www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk excavation, and has the archaeologists describing
Archaeologists at Work the finds and features they have unearthed. It’s
EDINBURGH What is a Museum? sure to be an eye-opener! No need to book.
Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Wednesday 23rd &
Thursday 24th September, 10:00-12.30 | Historic
Schools Facilitated Sessions Aileen Meechan | South Lanarkshire Council
01698 453235 | aileen.meechan@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Holyrood Park Archaeology Month Scotland, Stanley Mills, Stanley, Perthshire, PH1 4QE | Throughout September, also available terms 2 & 3, www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Grid ref: NO 11345 32833 morning and afternoon sessions available | Low Parks
September 2009 | Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire,
Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queens Drive , Pupils become time detectives and discover the evi- ML3 6BJ | Hunter House Museum, Maxwellton Rd, East
Going Potty!
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG dence that helped archaeologists piece together the Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 3LW | The John Hastie Museum, Archaeology Workshop
Holyrood Archaeology Month will give school stu- mills’ past. Working in a team, learning archaeo- Threestanes Road, Strathaven, ML10 6EB Sunday 20th September, 13:00-14:30 | Hunter House
dents the opportunity to discover some of the logical skills and using real archaeological equip- Museum, Maxwellton Road, Calderwood, East Kilbride,
ment, pupils discover more about the top floor of Where do museums and galleries collections come
secrets of the fascinating past of this great land- from? What happens to the finds from an excava- G74 3LW
scape in the heart of the capital. They’ll find out the Bell Mill and help record the features in it
before presenting their findings. tion? Learn about behind the scenes at a museum. As part of Scottish Archaeology Month we are
how man developed the land during the Iron Age, This new cross curricula session will give you and offering you the chance to be an archaeologist for
and hear what life was like during this defining Fiona Davidson | Historic Scotland | 01738 828 268
your class a fascinating new insight into the world an afternoon. You’ll handle real finds from the
Fiona.davidson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
period in Scotland’s history by meeting characters of museums. We’ll look at collecting, cataloguing, Caledonian Pottery excavation in Rutherglen, a
from it and trying out the skills and crafts they SK AB SA C conservation, objects handling, displays and nationally-important site, and learn how to piece
used. descriptive text. In fact, all the skills and knowl- together evidence in some archaeological detective
Holyrood Park is packed full of archaeological sites edge your class needs to help you create your very work. Suitable for ages 8-12yrs.
dating back thousands of years; there are well over own museum in your classroom. Adaptable to most
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE historic topics, this session actively involves every-
Aileen Meechan | South Lanarkshire Council
100 within its boundaries. These include Arthur's 01355 261261 | www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Seat, one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 one in your class. Suitable for P1 to P7. Booking
years ago, a prehistoric farmstead of scooped circu- Our Castles: Facilitated Museum required.
lar hut, east of Dunsapie Crag, and the remains of Based & Outreach Sessions for Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council
medieval and later rig-and-furrow cultivation. Early Years Groups 01698 453227 | Rhona.McKinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Nathan Bryceland | Historic Scotland Ranger Service Throughout September | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir
0131 625 8150 | Nathan.bryceland@scotland.gsi.gov.uk Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6BJ | Hunter
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/rangerservice House Museum, Maxwellton Rd, East Kilbride, Glasgow,
The Romans:
G74 3LW | The John Hastie Museum, Threestanes Road, Schools Facilitated Sessions
T AS SK RE AB MW SA C
Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6EB | Or outreach Throughout September, also available during term 2 and
available in your own classroom/nursery! 3 | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, South
South Lanarkshire’s rich history of castles is Lanarkshire, ML3 6BJ
MORAY
brought to life for our younger audience. Learn Take your class back in time, retracing the steps of
about your local castle what it might have looked the mighty Roman army in their bid to conquer
Visit the Celts and Romans at Birnie like and who might have lived in it. Then, through the wild eyed barbarians of the north. Who were
31st August - 11th September, 10:00-12:00 and 13:00- colour and texture, we’ll create our very own wall the Romans? Why did they come here? What did
15:00 | Archaeological site near Birnie, 5 miles south of sized castle for your classroom/nursery. Available they leave behind? This session includes role play,
Elgin in Moray, IV30 8SU | Grid ref: NJ 2099 5847 museum or classroom based. Tailored classes suit- simulated mini excavation, and much more, help-
Come and see archaeologists at work at this Iron able for nursery and lower primary (age 3 to 6yrs). ing your class piece together the story of this once
Age site in a field near Birnie. Explore the site and Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council powerful empire. Suitable for P1 to P7 and S1
discover what life was like for Iron Age people on 01698 453227 | Rhona.McKinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk (Classics).
www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk All information correct at time of going to press. Archaeology Scotland does
the northern edge of the Roman world. Find out Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council not accept responsibility for any changes which may have occurred. Check
about the two hoards of Roman coins that have 01698 453227 | Rhona.mckinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk our website for the full latest up to date programme and check with event
been found in previous digs and try your hand at www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk organisers first before making any travel plans.

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