SAM 2009

Archaeology Scotland
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 archaeological initiatives and campaign for the best possible conservation and management for our heritage. For more information on what we do and how you can get involved check out our website: www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk or contact us at: Archaeology Scotland, Suite 1a, Stuart House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB T: 0845 872 3333 | E: info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk

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2009 Event Highlights
Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Angus Argyll and Bute Ayrshire and Arran Dumfries and Galloway Dundee East Lothian East Renfrewshire Edinburgh Fife Glasgow Highland Inverclyde Moray Orkney Perth and Kinross Renfrewshire Scottish Borders Shetland South Lanarkshire Stirling Western Isles West Dumbartonshire West Lothian Schools 4 6 7 8 10 11 13 14 16 17 18 21 24 26 36 27 28 28 29 30 31 31 32 33 33 34 AA SA NA C
Accessible for All Some Accessibility issues Not Accessible for all Contact organiser for details

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Advanced Booking with organiser required Easy Walk Suitable for most levels of fitness Medium Walk An intermediate level of fitness required Hard Walk A long or strenuous walk, suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness Excavation See an excavation in progress Archaeological Skills Learn about the skills archaeologists use Talk Exhibition Re-enactment or Performance Ancient Skills See skills used by people in the past Education Event An event exclusively for schools, colleges, or education groups. Contact event organisers for details Joint Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Days event Young Archaeologists’ Club event for Scottish Archaeology Month

Scottish Archaeology Month
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 events. You’ll find something for all ages and abilities in the guide and we even have a separate SAM for Schools! Programme. Regulars to SAM will notice a few changes to this year’s guide. For one thing we’ve added some images to our listings - some of these are pictures of the sites and monuments in our event’s programme, while others are simply iconic sites and artefacts which are closely associated with the region - designed to tempt you to explore your archaeology further! SAM would not be possible without the involvement of volunteers who carry out these walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops and open days. SAM events are organised by professional and amateur archaeologists from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Without their contribution SAM would be impossible, but, of course, their work continues throughout the year. This brochure gives you a little more information on some of the organisations working in your region which can help you learn about and get involved with Scotland’s archaeology. Fuller event listings for SAM and SAM for Schools! are available online at: www.scottisharchaeologymonth.org.uk

Doors Open Days
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, The 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 T: 0141 221 1466 (general information) | T: 0141 248 1188 (to request an area leaflet)

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European Heritage Days
Scottish Archaeology Month is Scotland’s largest free annual archaeological event. It is coordinated 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 Archaeology Scotland are Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days. Both are supported by Historic Scotland.

For full listings please see the Events Calendar at: www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk
For all outdoor activities please wear suitable footwear, warm and waterproof clothing, take water for drinking, sun protection and midge repellent! If you have any queries about an event, or regarding accessibility, please contact the event organisers.

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ABERDEEN
ABERDEEN
“Aberdeen has been a royal burgh since the 12th century and an important settlement long before that. Archaeological evidence indicates human activity in the area from around 8,000-10,000 years ago. Particular ‘heritage strengths’ lie in the excellently well-preserved buried evidence from the medieval period, which has been excavated extensively over the last 30 years and in the superb collections in the City Archives, which are the best preserved civic records in Scotland. The City Archives contain charters from the 12th century as well as the Council Register, an almost unbroken series of records dating from 1398” Judith Stones Aberdeen Council Archaeological Unit
To find out more about the heritage of Aberdeen: Aberdeen City Council Archaeological Unit, part of the Museums and Galleries service | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | T: 01224 523658. The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) works towards the further study of archaeology in the north of Scotland and the promotion of that interest to a wider audience: www.nosas.co.uk The University of Aberdeen which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in archaeology as well as opportunities to study archaeology through Life Long Learning courses T: 01224 273693 | www.abdn.ac.uk/archaeology

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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 Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1EL

Lively and exciting re-enactment of an extraordinary meeting of Aberdeen Council on 2nd July 1593. The Council met the survivors of an Aberdonian merchant ship The Susanna whose crew were tried for piracy in Spain. After being cleared they were accused of being Lutherans and heretics. Many were imprisoned, burned and hung. Discover the terrible trials and tribulations of being a merchant adventurer in the 16th century.
Chris Croly | Aberdeen City Council | 01224 621167 ccroly@aberdeencity.gov.uk | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

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CSI Archaeology!
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September | Aberdeen Beach Ballroom and Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Sea Beach, Aberdeen, AB24 5NR

Through a series of hands-on activities Archaeology Scotland will demonstrate the scientific skills and techniques that forensic archaeologists use, including how to “read bones”. Part of Aberdeen Tech Fest, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Meg Faragher | Archaeology Scotland | 0845 872 3333 info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk | www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk

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Coming to Aberdeen
Until 13th September | Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00-16:00, Sunday, 12.30-15.30, closed Monday | Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1EL

The skeletons in our Family Closet
Friday 25th September, 12:30-13:30 | Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY

Contact organisers below for more information.
Karen Milek | University of Aberdeen | 01224 273693 k.milek@abdn.ac.uk | www.abdn.ac.uk/archaeology www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk/tis

Tying in with 2009 the Year of Homecoming, this exhibition explores the fascinating and varied reasons which brought people to Aberdeen over the centuries. From medieval trade, to visitor guides 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
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A talk exploring the rich and diverse links between the North East and the Hudson’s Bay Company from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.
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Chris Croly | Aberdeen City Council | 01224 621167 ccroly@aberdeencity.gov.uk | www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

Beautiful stained glass window in the Kirk of St Nicholas, Union Street, Aberdeen

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Tomnaverie Stone Circle near Tarland in Aberdeenshire; one of the distinctive ‘recumbent’ stone circles of northeast Scotland. The upright stones frame the mountain of Lochnagar, and may have been used to follow different phases of the moon.

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ABERDEENSHIRE
ABERDEENSHIRE
“The present landscape of the northeast of Scotland has been formed by several hundred generations of hunters, herdsmen, farmers and foresters. Traces of many of their houses, farms, religious sites or burial monuments survive besides more recent features such as castles, industrial sites, kirks or military installations from the last war.” Aberdeenshire Council mask and attend a WW2 cookery class! A six mile tour, only suitable for those with a sense of adventure! You will need a bike for this event. This is an outdoor event so please wear appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear. Part of Forest Heritage Scotland.
Julia Truscott | Booking: 01466 794161 Enquiries: 07823 535972 | Julia.truscott@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

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ANGUS
“Angus is Scotland in miniature with its mountains, glens, rivers, cliffs, sandy beaches, ports, fishing villages and market towns. Its people have left their footprints etched on the landscape from the Stone Age to the present day. It was the heartland of the Picts whose mysterious stones still adorn the Angus countryside” Linda Fraser Montrose Museum and Art Gallery

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World War Two in Pannanich Woods
Sunday 6th September, 10:30-12:00 & 13:30-15:00 Meet in the centre of Ballater, opposite Glenmuick Church | Grid ref: NO 367 959

To learn more about the heritage of Aberdeenshire: The Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus is a small team of archaeologists located within Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning and Environmental Services www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/archaeology/index.asp The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) works towards the further study of archaeology in the north of Scotland and the promotion of that interest to a wider audience: www.nosas.co.uk

Contact organisers below for event information.
Julia Truscott | Booking: 01466 794161 Enquiries: 07823 535972 | Julia.truscott@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com To find out more about the heritage of Angus contact: The Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/archaeology/index.asp Pictavia Visitor Centre: www.pictavia.org.uk T: 01356 626 241 | E: ECDEV@angus.gov.uk

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Forts, Kirks and Circles Dunnideer Fort Walk
Saturday 29th August, 10:00-13:00 | Meet at Dunnideer Fort car park, Western Road, Insch | Grid ref: NJ 616 283 Saturday 12th September, 10:00-14:00 | Meet at the Millburn Road, Old Meldrum, Formartine, Aberdeenshire | Grid ref: NJ 803 268

Explore this important landmark. What did it mean? Why was it built? Explore the rich, ancient landscape around Insch. Please book in advance, contact details below.
Helen Young | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service 01466 795087 | Access.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Climb from Oldmeldrum to the Barra hillfort and gaze upon the battlefield of Barra (1308 AD) where Robert the Bruce bested Comyn of Buchan, then on, passing a recumbent stone circle, to the murals of the Bourtie Kirk, on to another stone circle for lunch, and back through woods, hills and fields. Contact below for more details.
David Brow | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service T: 01358 726417 | M: 07786 021780 Formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

There’s a Time and a Place… Montrose Time Line
Monday-Saturday throughout September & October, 10:00-17:00 | Montrose Museum & Art Gallery, Panmure Place, Montrose Museum, Angus, DD10 8HF

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A Time Line display covering events and exhibiting artefacts from the Stone Age to the 20th century, illustrating the rich and varied history of the town and surrounding area.
Rachel Benvie & Linda J Fraser | Angus Council | 01674673232 montrose.museum@angus.gov.uk | www.angus.gov.uk

Meet Your Ancestors
Monday 31st August, 14:00-16:00 | Glen Muick Visitor Centre,Glen Muick, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5SU Grid ref: NO 307 851

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Sunrise at the Reed Waal
Tuesday 22nd September, 06:45-08:15 | Meet at the Red Well, Whitehills | Grid ref: NJ 662 652

A guided tour around the Spittal of Glen Muick township. Meet the township residents along the way and hear some of their tales and find out how they live.
Fiona Smith | Balmoral Estate Ranger Service 013397 55059 | Fiona@balmoralestate.co.uk www.balmoralcastle.com

Archaeology in Angus
Temporary exhibition open Monday-Saturday throughout September, 10:00-17:00 | Signal Tower Museum, Ladyloan, Arbroath, DD11 1PU

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World War Two in Fetteresso Woods
Saturday 5th September, 14:00-16:30 | Meet at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Three Stones car park at Fetteresso Forest | Grid ref: NO 790 893

Take part in the Archaeology Awareness festival and celebrate the Autumn Equinox just before sunrise at the Red Well, Whitehills. When the weather conditions are right, the sun, rising over the point of Troup Head, should illuminate the well. We will then take a short circular walk around the Whitehills before returning to the well. Wrap up warmly and bring a hot drink. Unfortunately this event is suitable for adults only. Please book in advance, details below.
Jodie Rhodes | Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service 01261 813299 | Banffandbuchan.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

An exhibition of fascinating archaeological objects from the Angus area. These metal artefacts form part of Angus Council Museum’s Collections and date from the early to post-medieval period. Objects include coins of James III, James IV and James VI; fragments of an annular brooch and horse harness, buckles and a 15th century “Fede” (fidelity) ring.
This stone at Aberlemno is one of the best preserved and most skilfully carved stones attributed to the Picts, a confederation of peoples who lived north of the Forth from just before the Roman conquest until the 10th century AD. The significance of the Pictish symbols still remains a mystery.
Mr Colin Easton or Mrs Kate Sheehan-Finn | Angus Council 01241 875598 | EastonCG@angus.gov.uk | bobandkate@aol.com

The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to take a “back-woods” bike ride. Pedal back in time to discover the WW2 defences that are hidden deep in the forest. Meet the Home Guard, try on a gas

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ARGYLL & BUTE
ARGYLL AND BUTE
The landscape of Argyll and Bute bears testament to over 9000 years of human interaction, exploitation and occupation. The relatively undeveloped beauty of the landscape has allowed the excellent preservation of the archaeological heritage. Much of the archaeology of the region, from the dramatic Neolithic and Bronze Age sites of the Kilmartin Valley to the famous early Christian sites at Iona and St Ninians and the dramatic home of the Lords of the Isles at Finlaggan, are still visible to even the most cautious of archaeological explorers today. Paul Duffy Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme
For further information on the archaeology of Argyll and Bute contact: Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme promotes direct involvement in the conservation and enhancement of the natural and built heritage of the region | www.discoverbute.com Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS) is a good starting point for anyone who is interested in learning more about the history and archaeology of the Cowal Peninsula through their well-known and respected lecture series and through visiting and unearthing ancient sites | www.cowal.org/index.htm Kilmartin House Museum is a centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigate and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here. See the website for details of events and workshops | www.kilmartin.org

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Become an Archaeologist
Thursday 13th August, 10:00-12:00 | Kilmartin House Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ

Walk the Kilmartin Glen
Saturday 5th September, 14:00-16:00 | Meeting point: Kilmartin House Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ

Come Listen to the Crofters
Saturday 19th September, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 Meet at West Argyll Forest District offices, Lochgilphead, West Argyll | Grid ref: PA31 8RS

An opportunity for children and young people with an interest in archaeology to have a go at doing it. The day will include a simulated dig and lots of other hands on activities.
The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum | 01546 510278 museum@kilmartin.org | www.kilmartin.org

Come along and join Curator/Director Dr Sharon Webb for a guided walk through the linear cemetery to Temple Wood stone circle. Please wear appropriate clothing.
The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum | 01546 510278 museum@kilmartin.org | www.kilmartin.org

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The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to Come Listen to the Crofters. Hear traditional Highland folk stories and music at the stunning venue of Arichonan, deserted township. Enjoy a guided walk to the site, traditional spinning and weaving demonstrations and interactive music and storytelling suitable for all the family. Discover what life was like 200 years ago. This is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear. Suitable for children aged 6+. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01546 602 518 joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

Castle Stalker, from the Gaelic, Stalcaire, meaning Hunter or Falconer, one of many iconic historic remains in Argyllshire.

Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme Guided Walk
Saturday 12th September, meet 10:00 | Guilford Square, Rothesay, Isle of Bute | Grid ref: NS 089 648

A guided walk through the landscape of Bute, exploring aspects of the rich archaeological heritage of the island.
Paul Duffy | Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme 0773 088 7110 | discoverbutearchaeology@gmail.com www.discoverbute.com

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A Slice of Life
Sunday 20th September, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 | Meeting point: West Argyll Forest District offices, Lochgilphead, West Argyll | Grid ref: PA31 8RS

Charcoal Making Guided Walk
Saturday 12th September. 13:00-17:00 | Meet at Forestry Commission Scotland Glen Nant Nature Reserve car park, West Argyll | Grid ref: NN 020 273

The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to discover the industrial history of the forest at Glen Nant Nature Reserve. With our expert investigate the evidence for charcoal making and see a demonstration of how it was done. We will then take you to Historic Scotland’s Bonawe Ironworks, where the charcoal was used to fuel the furnaces. This is an outdoor event please wear appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear. Part of the Forest Heritage Scotland Project undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | Booking: 01631 566155 Enquiries: 01546 602 518 joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

Forest Heritage Scotland invites you to discover what rural life was like at the deserted township of Carrick, on the edge of Loch Fyne. Step back in time with our Forestry Commission Scotland Ranger, Jo Thomson. You might even meet a figure from the past! This is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Jo Thomson | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01546 602 518 joanne.thomson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

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Recent Archaeological Discoveries
Tuesday 22nd September, 19:30-21:00 | Kilmartin House Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8RQ

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Re-launch of the Ardnadam Heritage Trail and the Chapel Site
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th September | Ardnadam Glen, Chapel Site, Sandbank near Dunoon, Argyll, PA23

Come along and hear Roddy Regan talk about the latest archaeological discoveries from the Kilmartin Glen.
The Administrator | Kilmartin House Museum 01546 510278 | museum@kilmartin.org www.kilmartin.org

Contact organisers below for event information.
Evelyn Hide | Cowal Archaeological & Historical Society (CAHS) 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 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
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
From Neolithic tombs, Roman forts and Medieval castles to Second World War batteries, Dumfries and Galloway has a wealth of sites, over 15,000 at the last count, covering six thousand years of history - many set in stunning countryside, or overlooking the Irish Sea. Andrew Nicholson Dumfries and Galloway Council

Galloway Emigration and Homecoming Exhibition
Thursday 10th September-Thursday 31st December, Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00, Saturday, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 | Stranraer Museum, 55 George Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JP

An exhibition exploring the evidence for Galloway emigration across the world, and the impact of successful individuals on their return home, particularly in the development of new towns, country estates and charitable endowments of new church and school buildings.
John Pickin | Dumfries and Galloway Council Museums Service 01776 705088 | John.Pickin@dumgal.gov.uk www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums

For further information on the archaeology of Dumfries and Galloway contact: Dumfries and Galloway Council has information on museum exhibitions, events and loan collections | www.dumgal.gov.uk 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. www.solwayheritage.co.uk The Whithorn Trust explores the archaeology and history of Whithorn. The Trust’s website contains information on the heritage and archaeology of the region, including updates on excavations, events, lectures, publications and much more. www.whithorn.com

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Exhibition: Pills, Potions & Poisons - Medical Treatments, 1700-1850
Saturday 12th September - Saturday 31st October | MonSat 10:00-17:00, Sun (until the end of September) 14:0017:00 & Tue-Sat (in October) 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura, The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN
For further information on the archaeology of Ayrshire and Arran contact: North Ayrshire Museums have information on heritage events and exhibitions going on in North Ayreshire throughout the year. 01294 464174 | namuseum@north-ayrshire.gov.uk www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/ Vikingar! Is a ‘Viking Experience’ where you can meet real live Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles. 01475 689777 | vikingar@naleisure.co.uk | www.naleisure.co.uk

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Explore the archaeology of Kelburn and Scotland with the aid of archaeologists. This will include a walk that will explore the development of Kelburn Castle from a motte and bailey to a tower house and finally to the castle as it is today. Look at and handle a selection of different artefacts and learn what these can tell us about Scotland’s past. This event should last most of the day.
Claire Casey | Kelburn Castle & Country Centre T: 0141 884 7337 | M: 07525 738479 claire.casey1@btinternet.com

Contact organisers below for event information.

Polmaddy: “Footsteps to the World”
Thursday 20th August, 11:00-13:00 | Forestry Commission Scotland Polmaddy township car park at Castlemaddy Wood | Grid ref: NX 588 878

Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura 01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums

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Culzean Archaeology Trail: Self-guided Trail
1st-30th September | Leaflet from Country Park Visitor Centre, Culzean Castle and Country Park, near Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE | Grid ref: NS 237 104

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Culzean Caves Walk: Guided Walk
Saturday 26th September, 10:30 | Meet at: Country Park Visitor Centre, Culzean Castle and Country Park, near Maybole, KA19 8LE | Grid ref: NS 237 104

The Forest Heritage Scotland project (undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS) invites you to join the Walking Theatre Company and discover the story of the ferm-toun of Polmaddy. Imagine how it would have looked nearly 300 years ago. What happened to the village, now in ruins? Where did the people go? Discover some of Scotland’s lowland history. This is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear.
Lucy Hadley | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01671 402420 Lucy.hadley@forestry.gsi.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com

The Secrets of Grey Mare’s Tail
Sunday 13th September, 10:00-16:00 | Grey Mare’s Tail, meeting at car park | Grid ref: NT 186 145

Throughout September a series of archaeological sites will be marked by posters around the Country Park at Culzean. A leaflet with a map of all the sites will be available form the Visitor Centre and visitors over the month can undertake the selfguided archaeology trail. Please note: non-NTS members will need to pay to get into the Country Park.
Derek Alexander | National Trust for Scotland | 01655 884400 culzeancountrypark@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

From prehistory to the present, humans have left their mark on the landscape. On this upland walk we will visit an Iron Age fort, Bronze Age cairns and the hiding places of 17th century Covenanters. This is a reasonably strenuous hill walk, climbing to over 800 metres, bring waterproofs and walking boots. Booking essential, maximum of 12.
Dan Watson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2249 greymare’stail@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

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Kelburn Castle & Country Centre Archaeology Day
Saturday 19th September, starts 10:00 | Kelburn Castle & Country Centre, Main Office, Largs, KA29 0BE

Join NTS Archaeologist, Derek Alexander, and NTS Ranger, Heather Lowther on a guided visit to the caves underneath Culzean Castle and find out about the results of recent excavations there. Children must be over 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential and made by telephone on Friday 25th September to the Culzean Visitor Centre (01655 884400). The walk is free but non-NTS members will need to pay to get into the Country Park. Walking boots are essential as the rocks on the beach are extremely slippery. Helmets and head-torches will be provided.
Heather Lowther | National Trust for Scotland | 01655 884400 culzeancountrypark@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

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Hillforts Walk
Thursday 10th September, 13:00-16:00 | Mote of Mark, Meet at Rockcliffe main car park, Rockcliffe | Grid ref: NX 846 540

Whithorn Lecture
Saturday 19th September, 18:00 | Whithorn Primary School, Castlehill, Whithorn, DG8 8PN

Join NTS Archaeologist, Derek Alexander, and Rockcliffe Ranger, Judy Baxter, in a walk from the Dark Age stronghold of Mote of Mark out to the Iron Age promontory fort of Castle Point. Booking required, stout footwear essential.
Judy Baxter | National Trust for Scotland | 01556 503702 jbaxter@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

The Whithorn Lecture is an annual event held on the Saturday close to St Ninian’s Day. This year’s lecture “The Archaeology of the Bishops of Whithorn” is given by Peter Yeoman, Head of Cultural Resources, Historic Scotland.
Janet Butterworth | Friends of the Whithorn Trust | 01988 500508 enquiries@whithorn.com | www.whithorn.com

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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.
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543 cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk

instrument gives fascinating panoramic views over the town. Viewings are not available when it is raining in order to preserve this rare historical instrument. It is reached by a spiral staircase.
Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura 01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums

Cruck Cottage, Torthorwald
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September, 10:00-16:00 On-street parking for six cars, access to the door for disabled drop off | Grid ref: NY 032 784

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Lecture: Pills, Potions & Poisons Medical Treatments 1700-1850
Friday 25th September, 19:30 | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura, The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries DG2 7SW

Kirk Covenant Church
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:00 | Parking in area adjacent to church | Grid ref: NX 124 368

This lecture explores the way in which various illnesses and other conditions were treated in Dumfries and Galloway during the 18th and 19th centuries by examining contemporary herbals, apothecaries’ inventories, doctors’ bills and their written advice to patients. Please book below.
Siobhan Ratchford | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura 01387 253374 | Siobhan.ratchford@dumgal.gov.uk www.dumgal.gov.uk/museums

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Scotland’s Rural Past at Polmaddy Township
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September, 9:30-16:00 The archaeological work will be undertaken at Polmaddy township at Castlemaddy Woods | Starting venue TBC, contact organisers | Grid ref: NX 588 878

As trouble and religious strife racked Scotland and noblemen and gentry queued to sign with their own blood the National Covenant, protesting against the rules and regulations being forced on them, work began on a small kirk. It was the year 1668 and the wee kirk, Kirkmaiden Old Parish Church, is still there today, known as Kirk Covenant, the southernmost parish in Scotland. It stands on the hill, a mile above the village of Drummore and is a fascinating place to visit. See a family crypt, gravestones dating back to 1698, the pulpit under which a minister is buried, the bell made in 1534 and experience the peace of a place of worship that has stood as a house of God for more than 370 years.
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543 cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk

Fashioned from local materials with traditional skills, this cottage, like its many lost companions, was simply constructed on three massive oak cruck frames, fastened together with oak pegs. Thatched, lime-washed and earth-floored, the cottage still possesses a hanging lum fireplace constructed from cob. Cruck Cottage was lived in until the 1960s, and then fell in to disrepair. It was restored by Solway Heritage in 1990 using the same traditional skills and local materials. The Cottage is now of a great rarity in Scotland. Much of its maintenance and exciting plans for its future are now undertaken by the Cruck Cottage Heritage Association, who look forward to meeting visitors during the weekend, and plying them with tea and home baking.
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543 cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk

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From Mesolithic shell middens to Iron Age fortifications and the remains of industries that thrived in living memory, the archaeology of Dundee uncovers the story of Scotland, from its earliest settlers to the present day. In the Neolithic, stone axes were brought here from Cumbria and a Bronze Age burial was found to contain beautiful gold ornaments in the Wessex style. Roman pottery from Gaul was unearthed on the Law, and fragments of medieval vessels from the Low Countries are found in excavations throughout the city. Dundee’s position on the Tay Estuary has proved attractive for millennia. Christina Donald Dundee City Council
For further information on the archaeology of Dundee contact: Abertay Historical Society organises public lectures, workshops, guided tours and other events to promote interest in the history of Abertay and the surrounding area. For information on the Society’s publications and events: www.abertay.org.uk Pictavia Visitor Centre tells the story of Scotland's ancient Pictish tribes. For more information, learning resource materials or advice on arranging group visits: www.pictavia.org.uk

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Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September, 10:00-17:00 Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining | From A76 take junction for Wanlockhead (B797) 2 miles from Sanquhar. From M74 travelling north take junction 14 and travelling south take junction 13 | Grid Ref: NS 874 130

Hallmuir POW Chapel
Saturday 26th September & Sunday 27th September, 9:00-21:00 | 1 mile SW of Lockerbie off B7076 | Grid ref: NY 128 791

A two day Scotland’s Rural Past (www.scotlandsruralpast.org.uk) training course in archaeological survey and recording at the deserted settlement of Polmaddy. Learn how to identify and understand archaeological remains, use GPS and photography and develop writing skills to record historical remains. Work with experienced archaeologists and surveyors in an informal atmosphere. Suitable for adults. Partially outdoors so appropriate clothing and waterproof footwear required. This course is being held at Polmaddy as part of the Forest Heritage Scotland project. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
00131 662 1456 | srp@rcahms.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

This very rare chapel (probably the only one in Scotland) was built by Ukrainian Prisoners of War at Hallmuir Camp, who, in 1947 were sent from Italy to Scotland rather than being handed over to the Russians and a potentially terrifying future. The basic building is a simple army hut clad with painted corrugated asbestos cement sheet. The chapel still presents an authentic Ukrainian interior, complete with tinsel chandelier, and is still in use by the Ukrainian community, who, since they were not able to return home after the war, stayed in Lockerbie and Lochmaben, found work in the area, married local girls and brought up their children to respect their traditions. Pay a visit for tea

Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead is hidden amongst the Lowther Hills in Scotland’s highest village (461m / 1531ft). Spend a day that’s fun for all the family uncovering treasures, including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside. Make your way along village paths and tracks to two miners’ cottages and see how miners really lived, before exploring the second oldest subscription library in Europe. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover rocks, minerals, gold, rare gold and silver coins, and mining artefacts; and discover what Homecoming means to two Wanlockhead Village Band instruments.
Catriona Fitzsimon | Solway Heritage | 01387 247543 cfitzsimon@solwayheritage.co.uk | www.solwayheritage.co.uk

Bridging Perthshire’s Past
Wednesday 9th September, 18:30 | Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA

Lindsay Farquharson will give a talk on “Bridging Perthshire’s Past” an exciting new three year project that aims to conserve, enhance and promote 18th century military roads and bridges in Perthshire. Refreshments available from 18:00.
Christina Donald | Abertay Historical Society | 01382 432380 christina.donald@dundeecity.gov.uk | www.abertay.org.uk

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Animals in Archaeology
Saturday 19th September, 11:00-14:00 | Museum Collections Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee, DD1 1PG

Camera Obscura (free admission)
Sunday 27th September, 14:00-18:00 | Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura,The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

Contact organisers below for event information.
Christina Donald | Dundee City Council | 01382 432364 christina.donald@dundeecity.gov.uk www.mcmanus.co.uk/whats-on/lectures.htm

On the topmost floor of the Dumfries Museum is the Camera Obscura. This historic astronomical

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Bounded by miles of beautiful coast line and the heather-clad Lammermuir hills, East Lothian is rich in archaeological and historical remains and a great place to visit if you like the outdoors. The coast is also the route for the John Muir Way, a long distance walk taking in the full coast of East Lothian from Musselburgh to Dunbar. The Lammermuirs to the south provide walkers and wildlife spotters with wide-open spaces where you might wander all day long without meeting another soul! With rolling countryside and a stunning coast, East Lothian has much to offer both the outdoor enthusiast and heritage explorer, Biddy Simpson East Lothian Council
To find out more about East Lothian and East Lothian’s heritage go to: East Lothian Council’s Archaeology Service have information, events and opportunities for young people and the community to get involved: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology or www.visiteastlothian.org Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society exists to foster an interest in archaeology. The Society encourages members to play an active part in the discipline: www.eafs.org.uk 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology 01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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Hailes Castle tour by Hepburn Knight in Chain Mail!
Friday 11th September, 12:30 & 14:00 (duration 30 mins) Meet at the Castle gate, Hailes Castle, just south west of East Linton on the A1 | Grid ref: NT 574 757 | Limited parking area and partial disabled access

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Prehistoric Crafts & Discovery Trail
Saturday 5th September, 14:00-17:00 (duration 1 hour) Meet at Pressmennan Wood Car Park, Stenton | Limited parking (no disabled access)

Guided Walking Tour of Black Castle and Green Castle Iron Age Hillforts
Tuesday 8th September, 14:00 & Saturday 12th September, 10:00 (duration 2 hours) | Meeting point TBC on booking place (no disabled access)

Before the dawn of metals and plastics how did early people make objects, live and survive in East Lothian? To find out more, book a place on one of the afternoon sessions. Full details on www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology . East Lothian Council Archaeology Service. Family /Young person event. Bring sensible shoes and waterproofs. Maximum number 10 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week, further events to be confirmed, see website below.
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

A strenuous walking tour (4km) taking in two magnificent Iron Age hillforts. This is a family event but please note that this walk is steep in places and will involve climbing fences. East Lothian Council Archaeology Service. Bring stout boots, waterproofs, snack and refreshments. Maximum number 15 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, for full programme see webiste below.
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

A half hour tour of Hailes Castle by a Hepburn knight in chain mail. The knight will take you through stories of the Hepburns, the Dunbars, the Ramsays and the Douglases in addition to the sieges of Hailes and Dunbar Castles. Andrew Spratt (Historic Scotland). Family event suitable for those aged 5+. Maximum number 15 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website below..
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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Create Your Own Archaeological Finds!
Friday 11th September, 15:00-16:00 & Saturday 12th September, 11:00-12:00 | Prestongrange Museum, Morrison’s Haven, Prestonpans

Monastic Landscapes of the Lothians (12th-16th century)
Saturday 5th September, 19:00 (duration 90 mins) Haddington, East Lothian, venue TBC

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The Soutra Aisle Project
Wednesday 9th September, 19:30-21:00 | Trinity Centre, Church Street, Haddington, East Lothian (disabled access)

Traprain Treasures
Wednesday 2nd September, 19:00-21:00 | Traprain Law near East Linton | Car park on north side of hill | Grid ref: NT 580749

From car park to summit, hear about the many facets of Traprain Law. Archaeology and geology mixed with a smattering of historic legend.
Bobby Anderson | East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service 01620 827318 | randerson@eastlothian.gov.uk

Abbeys, churches, granges, wells and springs together made up the medieval ‘holy landscape’. Derek Hall, Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust and author of the recently published Scottish Monastic landscapes, will be giving a fascinating, illustrated talk describing what effect medieval holy orders had on the early monastic landscapes of the Lothians. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week, more events to be confirmed, see website.
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

An illustrated talk about the excavations and research that have been undertaken at the medieval hospital at Soutra Aisle, Midlothian by project director, Dr Brian Moffat. C/o Haddington and District Amenity Society. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website.
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

What type of things do archaeologists find on a dig? Find out by creating your own models, artworks and crafts to take home. C/o East Lothian Council Museums Service. This is a family event suitable for those aged 5-12. Maximum number 12 so booking is essential for this free workshop. Contact Prestongrange on 0131 653 2904 to book your child’s place today. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website below.
0131 653 2904 | www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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Walk the Burgh Boundary of Old North Berwick
Saturday 5th September, 10:00 & Wednesday 9th September, 14:00 (duration 90 minutes) | Meet at the Glen Golf Course Club House (no disabled access)

Archaeology of the Garletons
Sunday 6th September, 14:00 & Thursday 10th September, 10:00 | Meet at Athelstaneford Church (no disabled access)

Dusk Tour of the Historic Village of Stenton
Thursday 10th September, 18:00 (duration 45 mins - 1 hour) | Meeting point TBC on booking place (partial disabled access)

Reconstruction of the 8th Century Aberlady High Cross
Saturday 12th September, 11:00 & 14:00 (approx. 90 mins) | Kirk Stables, Main Street, Aberlady

Taken from the 16th century Burgh Charter, this fairly strenuous guided walking tour takes you around the Burgh boundary of Old North Berwick. The walk takes you through Glen Golf Course, up the Mill Burn to the Lodge Grounds, along Law Road and the High Street to the Market Cross and the harbour. C/o Joy Dodd (North Berwick Graveyard Research Group/ Friends of North Berwick Museum). Family event suitable for those aged 16+. Bring sensible shoes and waterproofs. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week.

A strenuous 6km walking tour from Athelstaneford up onto the Garleton ridge to explore the Garleton Iron Age hillforts and Barney Vaults. Return to Athelstaneford, visit the Saltire Centre and view the 9th century Battle of Athelstaneford. East Lothian Council Archaeology Service. This is a family event but please note that it is a strenuous walk. Bring stout boots, waterproofs, snack and refreshments. Maximum number 20 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website below. Duration 3 hours.

Discover Stenton’s long historical past on this guided walk at dusk with Andy Robertson (Archaeology Officer, East Lothian Council). This is a family event. Bring a torch! Maximum number 20 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website.
01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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A workshop to discuss the progress in this remarkable project to erect a reconstruction of the 8th century cross which once stood in the village, and perhaps in a monastic settlement. The artwork on the remaining cross fragment in National Museums Scotland bears a strikingly close relationship with that in the illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels. C/o Aberlady Conservation Society. Family event suitable for those aged 15+. Maximum number 20 so booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website below.

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01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

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Statue House
Saturday 5th September, 11:00-16:00 | Statue House, 24 Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, G76 OAS

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Who Lived on North Berwick Law? Archaeology from the Bronze Age to World War 2
Saturday 12th September, 14:00 (duration 90 mins) Meet at North Berwick Law car park (no disababled access)

Amanda Robb | East Renfrewshire Council Library and Information Services | 0141 577 3872 | Amanda.robb@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or www.portaltothepast.co.uk

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01620 827408 | bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology

Daily Life in Ancient Scotland
Thursday 10th September, starts 10:30 | Neilston Community Library, Main Street, Neilston, East Renfrewshire, G78 3NN

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Exploration of some of the earliest phases of settlement in Edinburgh at the feet of Edinburgh Castle

The Archaeology of Traprain Law
Sunday 27th September, tour 10:00-12:00 followed by a visit to National Museum Scotland 15:00-17:00 | Traprain Law, East Lothian | Grid ref: NT 58187495

RCAHMS Open Day
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 | RCAHMS, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh, EH8 9NX

Explore the archaeology of Scotland’s most important hillfort with Dr Fraser Hunter. The tour will be followed by a visit to National Museums Scotland to see some of the finds from the site. Tour involves a strenuous climb. Please bring solid boots and waterproofs. Details of meeting will be sent out with the tickets. Limited spaces, please book below.
Fraser Hunter | National Museums Scotland | 0131 225 7534 Info@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk

Starting around 4000 BC, early people in Scotland moved from a hunting and gathering lifestyle to farming. They also came together to build huge monuments, such as stone circles, henges, and tombs. We will take a look at what daily life was like for people who lived during this time, what they ate, what their houses looked like, the artefacts that they created and used and the monuments that they built. Archaeology Scotland will be providing an Artefact Investigation Kit - participants will be able to see and handle genuine artefacts! Numbers are restricted to 15 so please book in advance. Part of East Renfrewshire Archaeology Festival
Rebecca Boyde | Archaeology Scotland | 0141 662 1456 localstudies@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or www.portaltothepast.co.uk

Myth Busters Gallery Talks Series
Friday 11th, Friday 18th & Friday 25th September, 14:30 (duration 1 hour) | Early People Gallery, Level 0, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF

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Exploring and exploding some of the common myths about Scotland’s early people. A series of gallery talks by curators from National Museums Scotland will reveal how the latest finds and research is changing our picture of Scotland’s past. Suitable for ages 16+. Limited spaces, book below.
National Museums Scotland | 0131 225 7534 info@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk

For over 100 years RCAHMS has been working to create a record of Scotland’s built environment. Their vast national collection of over 14.5 million unique items is made available to the public to explore online and in their search room. This year RCAHMS are showcasing their aerial photography collections with stunning visual displays and talks from the aerial survey team and The Aerial Reconnaissance Archive specialists. Visitors have the opportunity to join behind the scenes tours and speak to specialists about their work documenting Scotland’s archaeology, architecture and industry.
Jessica Monsen | RCAHMS | 0131 662 1456 jessica.monsen@rcahms.gov.uk | www.rcahms.gov.uk

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Archaeology in the National Trust for Scotland: Poster Display
Monday 21st - Wednesday 30th September, 11:00-17:00 Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, G76 8RB | Grid ref: NS 561 566

Active Archaeology Cramond and its Island
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September, 11:00-17:00 | The Maltings, Riverside, Cramond, Edinburgh, EH4 6NY Saturday 26th September, 10:00-13:00 | Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG | Grid ref: NT 272740

For further information on the archaeology of East Lothian contact: East Renfrewshire Council runs various activities (including East Renfrewshire Archaeology Festival as part of SAM). The Council’s local history and heritage website will let you find out more about the broad range of resources it holds, including: old maps, photographs, documents, statues, paintings, ephemera and other information; all of which give an evocative insight into daily life in the past: www.portaltothepast.co.uk

A small exhibition of posters will be on display within the Coach House at Greenbank Garden. These will provide an overview of the archaeological work of the NTS and will focus mainly on properties in the West of Scotland.
David Ferguson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2201 greenbankgarden@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

Guided walks to Cramond Island (Sat - 12:00, Sun 15:00, duration 2 hours, booking essential) or walks around Cramond (14:30, duration 1 hour). Ancient technology workshop and ancient writing methods: no age barrier! Displays about many aspects of Cramond’s history.
Val Dean | Cramond Heritage Trust and Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society | 0131 336 1512 | val@valdean.plus.com www.cramondassociation.org.uk/trust.htm | www.eafs.org.uk

Join a Ranger on a three hour guided walk to learn about the rich archaeological heritage to be found in Holyrood Park. Find out about the people who lived and worked in the Park thousands of years ago and discover the traces they have left behind. This walk may not be suitable for children under 12 years. Booking essential, see below.
Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 0131 652 8150 Hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

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Discover what archaeological remains can still be seen as you climb North Berwick Law. A fairly strenuous walking tour of North Berwick Law for young people (8+). Learn about maps and how to identify archaeology. This is a family event. Bring stout footwear and waterproofs. Booking is required. Part of East Lothian Archaeology Week (September 5th-12th 2009). Further events still to be confirmed, see website below.

As part of East Renfrewshire Doors Open Days 2009, Statue House and the William Gemmell statue collection will be open to the public. William Gemmell (1814-1891) was a joiner who lived his whole life in Eaglesham. In his spare time he taught himself sculpting as a hobby. During his lifetime, his work was exhibited and received critical acclaim. Only six of his life-size sculptures are known to survive and these now kept in Statue House, Eaglesham. This is a drop in event and is free of charge. Part of East Renfrewshire Archaeology Festival.

What other city centre is dominated by extinct volcanoes capped with prehistoric settlements and a mighty royal castle, a labyrinthine old town where the underworld rubbed shoulders with the greatest minds of the enlightenment and the Georgian splendour of an elegantly planned new town. Explore further afield and find hidden gems such as roman bathhouses, medieval tower houses and mysterious graveyards. Edinburgh truly is an archaeological treasure trove just waiting to be explored! Craig Fletcher Historic Scotland

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Holyrood Park Archaeology Day
Sunday 27th September, 11:00-15:00 | Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG | Grid ref: NT 272740

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Wemyss Caves Mini Museum and Guided Walk
Event runs several times through summer, meet at Wemyss Environmental Centre, dates TBC 14:00 | Wemyss Environmental Centre, Basement Suite, East Wemyss Primary School, East Wemyss KY1 4RN (A955)

Crail Guided Walk
Sunday 6th September, 14:15 | Crail Museum and Heritage Centre, 62-64 Marketgate, Crail, KY10 3TL

volunteers this year! The reconstructed Weigh House and Weavers’ cottage holds a wealth of Fife artefacts. For more information visit website.
www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Discover what life was like during the Iron Age. Try your hand at skills from the period including wattle fencing, bow drilling and fire starting! Join a druid for a short guided walk around Holyrood Park and meet characters from the past. Suitable for all the family.
Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 0131 652 8150 Hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Guided tours of the Caves will take place at 14:15 and 15:00. The Centre has interpretational materials on the Caves and the Wemyss Villages and there is also a slideshow on ‘The Caves and Time Team’.
Mrs Ann Watters | Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society 01592 266361 | annwatters@hotmail.com www.wemysscaves.co.uk

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Discover the fascinating history of Crail on a walk led by local guides with a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of local history, folklore and architecture. Expect a few surprising insights into local life, past and present. Visit the Museum to find out more about this ancient Royal Burgh, its kirk, seafaring traditions, 200 year old Golfing Society and the airfield. Dogs welcome on the walk. (Museum open throughout September, Mon–Sat, 10:00–13:00 and Sun 14:00-17:00)
Sue Bradman | Crail Museum and Heritage Centre | 01333 450 869 crailmuseumtrust@tiscali.co.uk | www.crailmuseum.org.uk

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Collessie Kirk
Sunday 6th September, 13:00-17:00 | Centre of Collessie Village, Fife

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For further information on the archaeology of Fife contact: Fife Council Museums and Galleries section of the website supplies information on all Fife Council Museums and heritage sites as well as information on loan boxes and events: www.fife.gov.uk University of St Andrews runs undergraduate and postgraduate archaeology courses through several Schools and many departments, such as History, Classics and Art History: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/archaeology/index.shtml

Medieval Festival
Saturday 15th August, 10:30-17:00 & Sunday 16th August, 11:00-16:00 | Leven Promenade, Leven KY8 4PA

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Collessie Kirk, the third ecclesiastical structure on this site, sacred since the medieval period, creates a strong landmark in the centre of the picturesque village. Members of the congregation will welcome you throughout the afternoon. Free leaflet. For more information visit the DOD website.
www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Opening the Melville House Doocot
Sunday 6th September, 11:00-17:00 | Melville Doocot is on the north side of the A91, just east of the Melville Lodges Roundabout | Parking is available beside the farm track just east of the doocot | Grid ref: NO 302 126

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Medieval village with period entertainments and demonstrations, battle re-enactments, and stalls.
Jackie Kirk | Medieval Methil 01334478109 | Medieval.methil@yahoo.co.uk www.Medievalmethil.co.uk

East Wemyss Environment Education Centre
Sunday 13th September, 14:00-16:00 | Basement Suite, East Wemyss Primary School, Main Road, Fife

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Grave Stones: Memorials for Family History, Kirkcaldy Civic Society
Saturday 29th August - Sunday 4th October | Drop in event on Saturday 5th September, 11:00-16:30 | Community Gallery, Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG

Melville House Doocoot was originally a vaulted tower windmill. Access to both the doocot, with its wooden potence inside, and to the vaulted basement, dating from when the structure was a windmill. There are information boards/sheets, and a guide will be present to try to answer questions.
Dr Paula Martin | Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society 01334 840241 | paula@arnydie.demon.co.uk www.melvilledoocot.co.uk

Mini museum of Wemyss. Photographs of local people and places, maps, comprehensive information on the Wemyss Caves, scene of Time Team excavations in 2004. For more information and event listings visit the DOD website.
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Family tree research can mean visiting graveyards looking for clues to your ancestors. This exhibition features local graveyards. Members of the Society will offer guidance on how to interpret the symbolism of memorials.
Carroll Foggo | Fife Council 01592 583213 | kirkcaldy.museum@fife.gov.uk www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums

Newport-on-Tay Guided Walk
Sunday 6th September, meet 14:15 for 14:30 start | Meet at Blyth Hall, Newport On Tay, Cupar Rd / Blyth St, Fife

Old Parish Kirk Guided Walk
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Graveyard Walkabout
Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Starts at the Bennochy Cemetery, Balsusney Road, Kirkcaldy and finishes at Old Parish Kirk, Kirkwynd, Kirkcaldy | Grid ref: 275 920

Guided walk of the highlights of this town, including the Thomas Telford harbour, the beautiful drinking fountain and the grounds of Tayfield House. Car parking at Blyth St (in front of Blyth Hall) or Scott St (behind Blyth Hall). For more information and event listings visit website.
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Trace the history of Kirkcaldy through the provosts and well know characters buried in this graveyard; people like Baillie Robert Philp who set up schools for poor children in Kirkcaldy and find out who fought the last duel in Scotland! For more information and event listings visit website.
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A guided tour examining the gravestones of important people in the area. The tour looks at the information contained on these monuments, including the inscriptions and the kinds of stone used.
Mrs Ann Watters | Kirkcaldy Civic Society 01592 266361 | annwatters@hotmail.com www.kirkcaldycivicsociety.co.uk
The Melville Doocot (dovecote) was originally built as a windmill around 1700, but at some unknown date it was converted to a doocot. The structure is under the care of the Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society

Fife Folk Museum: The History of Rural Fife
Sunday 6th September, 10:30-16:30 | Fife Folk Museum, The Weigh House, High Street, Ceres | Public car park behind museum. Access via footbridge through museum garden and across the old pack-horse bridge. Turn left to museum entrance on left.

MAC: Fife’s Mobile Museum
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-17:00 | Town House, Kirkcaldy

Come on board for a fun and educational experience for all ages! “Blackouts, Bombs and Bananas” See World War Two through the eyes of a child. For more information visit the DOD website.
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Merchants House and Laws Close Open Day
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-15:00 | 339-343 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife

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the hospitium to the friary. See the original 17th century bell rescued from the Town House. For more information visit the DOD website.
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Abbott House Open Day
Sunday 20th September, 10:00-17:00 | 12 Maygate, Dunfermline, Fife

A building of exceptional interest. Originally a merchant’s house of the 16th century, it was enlarged in the 17th and altered in the 18th and 19th. The building contains splendid wall and ceiling paintings of the late 16th century and fine panelling and plasterwork of the late 17th century, some covering and protecting earlier decoration. The building has been carefully restored by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. Exhibition room and garden available. Visit the DOD website.
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Rosyth Castle Open Day
Sunday 20th September, 13:00-17:00 | Rosyth, follow signs to Europarc Ferry Terminal | The castle is by terminal roundabout

Dating from the 12th century this is the oldest complete building in Dunfermline. It has been a heritage centre since 1995. Two floors of displays vividly depict the history of Dunfermline and Scotland as told through its people. Lovely herb garden to enjoy. For more information visit the DOD website.
www.doorsopendays.org.uk

A guided walk by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust to the site of Green Nap Farm, situated within Craigluscar Community Woodland, and to the Iron Age fort on Craigluscar Hill. The farm is an example of the ruined rural settlements which are currently being recorded throughout Scotland as part of the Scotland’s Rural Past project. The event will include a display of the methods, the work already completed. The walk will conclude with a visit to the Iron Age fort on Craigluscar Hill where shielings have been identified. For information on the event or on how to get involved with the intiative contact Alan Calder.
Alan Calder | Dunfermline Heritage Community Projects, Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust 01383 723523 | alancalder@btinternet.com www.dunfermlineheritage.org

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Once an island in the Firth of Forth, the late 15th century Rosyth Castle was enveloped by the Rosyth Dockyard early in the 20th century. Access to the main hall on the first floor created in 2007 by the owners Scarborough /Muir Group greatly enhances the visitor experience. For more information and event listings visit the DOD website.
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Craigluscar: An Archaeological Landscape
Saturday 26th September, 14:00 | Craigluscar Community Woodland, Dunfermline | Meet in Community Woodland car park, by water tanks, to west of Craigluscar House

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Museum of Communication
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-16:00 | 131 High Street, Burntisland, Fife

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“Great Scots who Changed the World” is the latest exhibition, featuring Scottish inventors in the field of communications, science and technology whose ideas have literally changed the world! Discover how Great Scots pioneered colour photography, telephone, radar, television, webcams and more. Lots to see and do for all ages, with exhibits from the 18th to 21st centuries! Round off your visit in our “Homecoming Café.” Ramp available. For more information visit the DOD website.
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Scottish Lime Centre
Sunday 20th September, 11:00-17:00 | Charlestown Workshops, Rocks Road, Charlestown

University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum
Saturday 19th September, 10:00-16:00 | Gilbert Scott Building, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

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Although Glasgow was not founded until the 6th century, by Christian missionary St Mungo, evidence of earlier occupation is evident from prehistoric canoes unearthed along the banks of the River Clyde and the Roman erected turfbuilt Antonine Wall. Since the 6th century, there is historical and archaeological evidence for the growth, from a small monastic settlement to the large, vibrant city of today. This development encompasses a slow, steady growth until the 18th century and the major expansion since then, due to both the tobacco trade and then the industrial revolution, Lisa McKechnie Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
For further information on the archaeology of Glasgow contact: University of Glasgow offers undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses in archaeology, 8QQ: www.gla.ac.uk/archaeology/ Glasgow Museums (and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre) houses a vast historical and archaeological collection that evidences Glasgow’s progression throughout the ages and are well worth a visit www.glasgowmuseums.com Glasgow Archaeological Society fosters public awareness of the importance of archaeology and the past through a programme of lectures, publications, field visits and other activities: www.glasarchsoc.co.uk Glasgow Building Preservation Trust was established in 1982 to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings of architectural merit which through neglect or abuse may otherwise be lost in Glasgow and the surrounding area. The Trust makes a major contribution to Glasgow's regeneration through the preservation of its built heritage and organises the annual Doors Open Day event in Glasgow: www.gbpt.org

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In its heyday, Charlestown produced over one third of the lime in Scotland for use in building and industry. Now, the Scottish Lime Centre Trust provides training and hands-on experience in the use of lime for building repair in the former Broomhall Estate Workshops and Yard, restored and converted in 2000. Demonstrations of traditional building skills, opportunities for the public of all ages to ‘have a go’, children’s crafts and activities. For more information visit the DOD website.
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Located in the University’s neo-Gothic main building, the Museum is a stunning mix of old and new. Recently refurbished the exciting permanent displays highlight the range of this fabulous collection. Access to the main gallery of the museum is by a public lift. Wheelchair access to the upper galleries is by a disabled lift which requires assistance from a member of staff.

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Burntisland Heritage Centre
Sunday 13th September, 11:00-16:00 | 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland

Galgael Trust Open Day
Saturday 19th September, 13:00-16:00 | 15 Fairley Street, Glasgow, G51 2SN

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“Old business, Industries and Families” the 2009 exhibition offers the visitor a comprehensive display of information and photographs on Burntislands economic history. Also available, a wide range of information and artefacts pertaining to the settlement’s fascinating history. Local volunteers will be on hand to help extend your knowledge of Burntisland. For more information and event listings visit the DOD website.
www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Cairneyhill Church and Watch House Open Day
Sunday 20th September, 13:30-16:30 | Main Street, Cairneyhill, Fife

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Sunday 20th September, open 11:00-16:00 | Queen St, Inverkeithing

The first Anti-Burgher Church in Scotland, 1752. The simple exterior hides a spacious and ornate interior with gallery and stained glass. The burial ground has many interesting and decorative headstones, including that of the first Minister, Rev James Burt, 1792. The Watch House, built in the time of the Resurrectionists, provided shelter for villagers watching over the recently buried. The ruin was transformed in 2007, led by the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and Cairneyhill Heritage Group. For more information visit the DOD website.
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Galgael build and sail wooden boats in celebration of Scotland’s heritage as a world centre of shipbuilding and navigation and to improve the lives of disadvantaged members of the community. All located on the ground floor.

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Govan Old Parish Church
Saturday 19th September, 10:00-16:00 & Sunday 20th September, 13:00-16:00 | Govan Old Parish Church (St Constantine’s), Govan and Linthouse, 866 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow | Grid ref: NS 554 659

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Edwardian, ecclesiastical embroidery exhibition in Linthouse Church.
Robert Melvin & Moyna McGlynn | Govan & Linthouse Parish church www.govanold.org.uk | Govan Old Church: 0141 440 2466 Govan and Linthouse Manse: 0141 419 0308 romel123@btinternet.com | Moyna_mcglynn@hotmail.com

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Glasgow, Slavery & The Abolition Movement
Saturday 19th September, 11:00 & Sunday 20th September 14:00 | Outside the Tobacco Merchant’s House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow

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Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Tours and Research Workshops
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 11:00-17:00 200 Woodhead Road, Glasgow, G53 7NN

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Glasgow’s Built Heritage 2009 Festival
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September | Various locations across metropolitan Glasgow

For the 20th year, this fantastic and very popular event will give you the opportunity to celebrate Glasgow’s buildings, its streets, its parks and its people. Enjoy free guided walks, or pick an area and wander, exploring our amazing architectural history. There will also be events during the preceding week associated with the built environment; these may include talks, practical demonstrations or a chance to discuss an issue close to your heart. Brochure is available from below.
Rosie Elliott | Glasgow Building Preservation Trust | 0141 221 6061 rosie@gbpt.org | www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

This A-listed masterpiece is one of the top six classical churches in the UK and modelled on St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. It was superbly restored by GBPT as Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture and hosts the popular Doors Open Day Conservation Hub, where a range of heritage organisations are on hand to offer information and advice on the built environment. Exhibition on Wilberforce’s Abolition of Slavery Act explores the role of slavery in Glasgow’s mercantile past and its influence on the city’s street names and buildings. There will be a variety of live musical events throughout the weekend as well as tours and talks. Fantastic food available downstairs in Cafe Source with numerous Doors Open Day ‘specials’. Wheelchair access to the gallery is limited.

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 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.

East End Heritage Trail (Part 1)
Saturday 19th September, 14:00 | The Mercat Cross, Glasgow Cross, Glasgow

East End Heritage Trail (Part 2)
Sunday 20th September, 14:00 | People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT

The Calton element of this brand new trail will provide a map of over 30 listed buildings, including their history and exquisite architectural designs. Taking about 2 hours and including the People’s Palace and Doulton Fountain, through St Andrew’s in the Square, the Barras, Abercromby Street cemetery and another 25 hidden gems.
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

The Bridgeton element of this brand new trail will take about an hour and a half to walk and will include another 30 treasures such as the Greenhead Works, Templeton’s Tullis Street Memorial Garden, the Olympia Cinema, the iconic Umbrella at the cross and another 25 impressive buildings and monuments.
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Historic Govan
Saturday 19th September, 11:00 & 14:00 | Outside Old Govan Parish Church, Govan Road, Glasgow

Tollcross Park Heritage Walk
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 14:00 Tollcross Courtyard Visitor Centre, Wellshot Road, Glasgow

Resurrecting History: The Southern Necropolis
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 12:00 The Gatehouse, Caledonia Road, Glasgow

Abercromby Street Graveyard & Memorial Garden
Sunday 20th September, 14:00-14:45 | Gates of Abercromby Street Cemetery, Glasgow

Colin Mackie, aka The Happy Reaper, will take you on a journey of enlightenment through the Southern Necropolis Cemetery situated on the Caledonia Road in the Gorbals.
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This tour led by Ingrid Shearer of Glasgow University Archaeological Division, takes in some of the main archaeological sites and historic buildings illustrating the history and development of Govan from its origins as a royal centre over a thousand years ago to the era of the great shipyards. The centre of Govan was declared a conservation area in 2008. Booking essential.
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

Join the GCC LES Community Action Team for a guided tour of this prestigious award winning Park, internationally famous for its unique Rose Garden and impressive Winter Gardens and redolent with history. A free heritage leaflet containing historical facts about some 25 points of interest will be available.
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

Join this 45 minute tour and learn about the history of the weavers. Enjoy a re-enactment of one of the characters from the Graveyard, such as John Page, Alexander Miller or James Ainsley. Led by the Friends of the Weavers. No booking required, first come first served basis.
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This ground-breaking facility for Glasgow Museums brings together the vast collection of objects stored on behalf of the City of Glasgow. The facility re-opens in September 2009 following a significant extension, and visitors will be able to access 17 of the object stores. This will mean being able to see many objects which have never been on public display before or have not been displayed for many years. Accompanied tours of object stores. Tours for BSL users and visually impaired visitors can also be arranged. Drop in events include courses on how to research the collection, and art-based courses for adults and children.

This walk, guided by Stephen Mullen, takes the audience on an historical journey of discovery through Glasgow’s mercantile past and examines the connections with tobacco, slavery and the abolition movement. This is demonstrated today by Glasgow’s built heritage, which provides an extraordinary insight into the role of slavery in the City’s economic development. This built heritage also illustrates how individuals and organisations worked towards the abolition of the despicable trade in human misery. This walk is available as a podcast (download from: www.gbpt.org)
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St Andrew’s in the Square
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 10:00-16:00 1 St Andrews Square, Glasgow, G1 5PP

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Glasgow’s Built Heritage, Tobacco, Slavery & Abolition
Monday 21st September, 19:00 | Glasgow City Heritage Trust, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow

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Highland boasts a rich and varied heritage, as diverse and unspoilt as the landscape in which it lies. From the mountains to the fertile plains of the east coast, from the islands and dramatic west coast to the vast expanses of peatland of the flow country, the past is always in easy reach. Visit the many prehistoric burial cairns, standing stones and extensive settlement remains. Ponder over Pictish carvings, admire the architecture of medieval castles, churches and chapels, wander through the poignant remains of townships cleared of their inhabitants in the 18th and 19th centuries, or visit the remnants of more recent history such as bridges, mills and limekilns of the industrial age and the wartime defences of the twentieth century. Andrew Puls Highland Council

Prince, Paupers and Prospectors
Saturday 22nd August, 10:30-17:00 (approx.) Glenfinnan, Lochaber | Grid ref: NM 903 808

Niandt: An Unexplored Hut Circle Setting
Saturday 19th September, 13:00 | Meet at North Shore Pottery car-park, Caithness, KW5 6DG, to share cars

Stephen Mullen presents this fascinating lecture which examines Glasgow’s mercantile past from 1660 onwards and illustrates the links with tobacco, slavery, the abolition movement and the city’s urban environment. The direct and indirect connections with slavery will be highlighted, in addition to the later local campaigns for abolition. The talk provides an intriguing account of role of slavery in Glasgow’s history, one which has been largely unacknowledged until recent times.
www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you on a exciting day trip first enjoy cruise of Loch Shiel to discover the rich local history and wildlife. The boat will then drop you off on the shores of the loch for a trek up to the old Corrntee Mines. This event is in collaboration with Sileas Cruises and Lochaber Geopark. It is an outdoor event, so wear appropriate clothing and stout waterproof footwear. Bring refreshments. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Ruari Watt | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01786 222 119 Ruari.watt@forestry.gsi.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com

Explore the landscape of Niandt, Latheron. Discover the landscape setting of three hut circles, one with intermural cells, the others in an exposed setting high on the cliffs of Niandt. Wear waterproofs and stout footwear. No dogs please.
Meg Sinclair | Caithness Archaeological Trust | 01593 731233/269 email@caithnessarchaeology.org.uk www.caithenssarchaeology.org.uk

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Secrets of the Forest Revealed: Inchindown Oil Storage Tanks
Saturday 19th September, tours all day | Inchindown Storage Tanks near Alness | Grid ref: NH 688 744

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Pottering About the Past
Every Sunday during October, 14:00-15:30 | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN

Come Listen to the Crofters
Saturday 5th September, times TBC | Lael Forest car park, near Ullapool | Grid ref: NH196811

Join us at the newly opened Glasgow Museums’ Resource Centre for a series of fun pottery workshops being run in conjunction with Scottish Archaeology Month. Explore our vast and fascinating stores, viewing and handling real objects that people from the past have left behind. Objects range from basic prehistoric pinch pots to piggy banks found during the recent M74 excavations. Children and families will discover what these can tell us about the people that made and used them, before having a chance to create their very own objects to take home! You can attend as few or as many workshops as you like. Booking early is advised.
Lisa Mckechnie | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 0141 276 9300 | Lisa.mckechnie@csglasgow.org www.glasgowmuseums.com

For further information on the archaeology of Highland contact: Caithness Field Club explores the Local History, Archaeology, Geography, Natural History, Palaeontology of Caithness. The Members lead guided walks throughout the year. In the winter months indoor activities include lectures, talks, slide shows on a wide range of topics: www.caithness.org/caithnessfieldclub/ Caithness Archaeological Trust (CAT) aims to re-engage the people of Caithness with their heritage and cultural roots in a positive way, not only as spectators but as active participants: www.caithnessarchaeology.org.uk/index.html Dunbeath Preservation Trust works to preserve and understand the natural and cultural heritage of Dunbeath. The recently developed Heritage Centre provides a focus for many of the Trust’s activities including their educational services, collections, family history materials and archives: www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk Highland Council Archaeology Unit co-ordinates various outreach programmes including Highland Archaeology Festival: www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvironment/conservation/archaeology

Hear traditional Highland folk stories and music at Lael Forest and discover the history of the surrounding area. This outdoor event is being run in collaboration with Ullapool Museum (www.ulla poolmuseum.co.uk). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and waterproof footwear. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. Please check the website below for booking details.
forestheritagescotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

The Forest Heritage Scotland project offers a rare chance to explore the tunnels constructed to ensure a constant supply of oil to Invergordon during World War Two. Come along and discover the history of this unusual wartime monument. Forest Heritage Scotland is undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. Please check the website.
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The Archaeology of Strathconon
Wednesday 23rd, Saturday 26th September & Sunday 4th October, 11:00-18:00 | Strathconon Village Hall, Milton, Strathconon, IV6 7QQ | Grid ref: NH 307 555

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Sunday 6th September, 9:30 and 10:15 | Assemble at Wick/Thurso train station car parks 09.30 and Watenan car park 10.15 | Grid ref: ND 3187 4082

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A circular walk to Cairn of Gett Neolithic chambered cairn, stone rows and Bronze Age cist burial.
Marion Owen | Caithness Field Club 01847 892999 | marrow@tiscali.co.uk
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Children’s Choices
Sunday 4th October, 13:00-14:00 | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN

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A fascinating exhibition on the results and findings of the Strathconon Project will be on display in the Strathconon Village Hall, Milton, for the whole day. The Project, which was part of the Scotland Rural Past scheme, demonstrates the many aspects of the busy rural way of life going back hundreds of years in this once well populated glen. The exhibition is free and all are welcome to come and chat with members of NOSAS and find out more about their experiences.
Meryl Marshall | North of Scotland Archaeological Society 01349 861 824 | Meryl.marshall@tesco.net | www.nosas.co.uk

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is home to over 15,000 archaeological objects. Join us for a fun and hands on children’s tour of some of the weird & wonderful Scottish objects stored here at the GMRC. See if you can discover the answers to questions that have baffled archaeologists for years!
Lisa McKechnie | Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 0141 276 9300 | Lisa.mckechnie@csglasgow.org www.glasgowmuseums.com
This Norse bone comb was found at Freswick in Caithness. An important Norse farmstead was established at Freswick Bay. The settlement is referred to in Norse sagas, and structures dating to between the 11th and 13th centuries have been excavated in the area. Illustration reproduced with kind permission of Marion O’Neil

Search for Vikings within a Bronze Age Landscape
Saturday 12th September, 13:00 | Meet at North Shore Pottery car-park to share cars, KW5 6DG

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Explore the landscape surrounding Wag of Forse. Discover a Late Bronze Age landscape then search for later Viking cattle-sheds. Wear waterproofs and stout footwear, rough walking in places. No dogs.
Meg Sinclair | Dunbeath Preservation Trust | 01593 731233 info@dunbeath-heritage.org.uk | www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk

Archaeological Survey Day with Scotland’s Rural Past
Friday 25th September, 10:30-15:30 | For details of location and access please contact the organiser

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Join Historic Assynt’s Archaeological Survey Team for a surveying workshop at the site they are currently working on. The workshop will provide basic training in plane table survey and recording.

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The archaeology of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Invercyde tells the story of many of Scotland’s most significant transformations. Its earliest remains date back almost 4,000 years to the ‘Beaker’ people whose round hut dwellings have been found at Loch Thom and Garshangen. The Park boasts several Iron Age hillforts such as Castle Hill, while later, following the Roman invasion, Whitemoss Fort was established at Bishopston to guard the western flank of the Antonine Wall. During the Norman era, heavily fortified castles were built by noblemen, the most spectacular in the area being Duchal Castle, while, more recently, the Park was the site of many of the mills and factories which assured Scotland a major place in the history of the industrial innovations of the last centuries. Elspeth Durkin Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
*In a field near Birnie. Leave Elgin on the A941; on the edge of Elgin, 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 right, opposite a small cottage (Barholm). If you reach Thomshill, you’ve gone too far. Just before some trees on the right, turn right into the field and park by the Portakabin, IV30 8SU, grid ref: NJ 2099 5847. Parking in the field, maps available from Elgin Museum.

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With their rich heritage, distinctive traditions and culture, and hauntingly beautiful scenery, the Orkney Islands are undoubtedly amongst Scotland’s most outstanding attractions. Their unique range of ancient monuments dating back 5,000 years - including the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn and the two henge monuments, The Ring of Brodgar and The Standing Stones of Stenness, are recognised by UNESCO as The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Elaine Clarke World Heritage Site Ranger Service

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Yarrows: The Other Side
Saturday 26th September, 13:00 | Meeting Point: Thrumster House, KW1 5TX

Dr Fraser Hunter | National Museums Scotland | 0131 247 4053 f.hunter@nms.ac.uk | www.nms.ac.uk/ironage_scotland

A short walk to the Thrumster Garden Broch to view the Yarrows Hills and look at a very early excavation. Then to the east side of Yarrows Loch to visit sites outwith the Yarrows Trail, beginning at the North Yarrows Cottage and including the recently excavated Battle Moss stone rows, McCole’s Castle and other remains.
Islay MacLeod | Yarrows Heritage Trust | 01955 651387 Islay.macleod@btinternet.com

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Altyre Estate Open Day
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 | Altyre Estate, Forres, Moray, IV36 2SH | NJ 021549 | Follow signs for DOD from A940 and park as directed

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Saturday 26th September, 14:00 (time TBC) | Meet at Rosemarkie Beach car park | Grid ref: NH 737 577

Doors Open Day at the Altyre Estate, Forres. Altyre is an ancient estate set in beautiful woodland. The traditional seat of the Cumming Clan and the estate is still managed by the family. Of particular archaeological interest are the Ogham Stone at Duffus Parish (RCAHMS Canmore: NJ 05NW 34) NJ 038544 and the ruined Medieval kirk (RCAHMS Canmore: NJ05NW 32) NJ 035554.
Janet Trythall | Civic Committee, The Moray Society | 01343 543675 curator@elginmuseum.co.uk (state FAO: Janet Trythall)

For further information on the archaeology of Orkney contact: Orkney College UHI offers postgraduate courses in archaeology with an emphasis on practical fieldskills. Details of the courses can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences sections of the website, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX | T: 01856 569000 | www.uhi.ac.uk World Heritage Site Ranger Service offers a free education service to schools, colleges and community groups to promote understanding of the natural, cultural and historic environment of Orkney. For details of events and activities contact: World Heritage Site Ranger Service, c/o Skara Brae, Sandwick, Orkney, KW16 3LR | T: 01856 841732 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/learning/ranger.htm

People have used caves from the earliest prehistoric period in Scotland. We will walk along the beach from Rosemarkie, to look at Caird’s Cave, one of the many caves along the Moray Firth shore. Find out more about people’s occupation of caves, and Caird’s Cave with its evidence of Iron Age bone-working and much later use by the Travelling Folk. Contact us because route is tidal.
Susan Kruse | ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands) 01997 421171 | ARCHhighland@googlemail.com

Archaeology Day
Sunday 27th September, 13:00-15:00 | Cornalees Bridge Centre, Loch Thom, Near Inverkip, PA16 9LX Grid ref: NS 246 721

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Come and see an Archaeology style ‘dig’, try your hand at our ‘practise’ pits or use ancient technology. We shall have several different kinds of activities for people to ‘try their hand at’, including pottery and hand weaving. Content aimed at families.
Elspeth Durkin | 01505 614 791 |elspeth.durkin@clydemuirshiel.co.uk Judy McReady | 01475 521 458 | www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk rangers.cornalees@clydemuirshiel.co.uk

Cuween Tomb
Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Cuween Tomb, Finstown, Firth

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300 Years of “Living On The Edge” in Upper Strathconon: Exploring a Fascinating Multi-period Landscape
Sunday 4th October, meet 11:00 | The event is based on Scardroy in the very upper part of Strathconon, 17 miles west of Marybank, Ross-shire | Meet at the large car park at the end of the public road | Grid ref: NH 227 519

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Orkney is well known for its Neolithic history and archaeology. For one afternoon only the Ranger Service will be offering a guided tour of this site. Please meet at the site.
Sandra Miller | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01856 841 732 orkneyrangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

MORAY
For further information on the archaeology of Moray contact: The Moray Society run a programme of winter lectures and summer outings. Among other activities the Society provides a pool of volunteers for local digs as well as voluntary staffing for the Elgin Museum: www.elginmuseum.org.uk Celts and Romans at Birnie is an online educational resource based on excavations carried out at Birnie by National Museums Scotland over the years. This work has done much to cast light on Scotland’s Iron Age: www.nms.ac.uk/ironage_scotland

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Wideford Tomb
Sunday 6th September, 14:00 | Wideford Tomb, St Ola

Birnie Excavations Open Day
Sunday 13th September, adult tours 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00; kids’ tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, plus hands-on activities for kids all day long | Near Birnie*

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Visit the excavations of an Iron Age and Pictish site at Birnie. Previous digs have found evidence of a local power centre with links to the Roman world, including two hoards of Roman coins. Hear about developments on this exciting site.

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Two fascinating walks (6km and 2-4km) will be led by members of the North of Scotland Archaeology Society (NOSAS) who are researching the history and recording the archaeology of the once well populated glen of Strathconon. Both walks last 3 hours and intended for different physical abilities. A free exhibition on the findings of the Strathconon Project will be on display in the Strathconon Village Hall, Milton for the whole day and all are welcome. Part of Highland Archaeology Festival. Contact organisers for more details.

Orkney is well known for its Neolithic history and archaeology. For one afternoon only the Ranger Service will be offering a guided tour of each of this site. Please meet at the site.
Sandra Miller | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01856 841 732 orkneyrangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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PERTH AND KINROSS
Perth and Kinross, the Heartland of Scotland, contains a rich and varied archaeological heritage. The archaeology of the area includes a wealth of prehistoric monuments, such as stone circles, burial mounds and hillforts; the legacy of the Roman occupation, including the earliest land frontier in Roman Britain; and the enigmatic remains of the Picts, Steven Timoney, Outreach Officer, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust
For further information on the archaeology of Perth and Kinross contact: Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust provides and promotes high quality opportunities for the conservation, enhancement and promotion of the historic environment of Perth and Kinross. The Trust offers many services including online information and publications and their outreach activities include the popular Perthshire Archaeology Month which takes place in June: www.pkht.org.uk

SCOTTISH BORDERS
Discover virtual underwater archaeology in a minitank. With mask and snorkel, only the face and hands get wet! Record objects and draw underwater. For ages 7+.
Ms Barrie Andrian | The Scottish Crannog Centre | 01887 830583 info@crannog.co.uk | www.crannog.co.uk

‘viewing’ as they work. Further information will be available on the day at the Castle Semple Visitor Centre (10:00-17:00). The Watch Tower at the Visitor Centre will be open to the public on both days in the afternoons (14:00-16:00) but may present some accessibility issues, contact organisers.
Elspeth Durkin | Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park | 01505 614 791 elspeth.durkin@clydemuirshiel.co.uk | www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk

Borders Heritage Week: Unlocking Our Heritage
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Chris Bowles | Scottish Borders Council | 01835 826 622 Christopher.bowles@scotborders.gov.uk www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk

Innes Bhuidhe: Burial Ground of the McNabs
Saturday 19th September, 13:30 | Meet outside the Breadalbane Folklore Centre, Killin, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Breadalbane, FK21 8XE

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From the Mesolithic to our recent industrial past, the archaeology of the Scottish Borders is a rich and unique resource. The Borders heritage is a frontier heritage. The region has long been at the crossroads of British History; the Iron Age kings used its hills for their citadels, the Romans marched its length and breadth, the Angles made it the heartland of Northumbria, medieval kings and armies pushed and pulled against an ever shifting border and reivers ruled by horse and sword. The mark left by this human story is represented in almost 15,000 sites and monuments waiting to be explored. Christopher Bowles Scottish Borders Council
For further information on the archaeology of Scottish Borders contact: Countryside and Heritage Service of Scottish Borders Council works to develop public interest in, and awareness of, the historic Scottish Borders through the development of informative publications and greater access to historic sites: www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk The Trimontium Trust runs a series of activities for members and the general public including lectures and outings: www.trimontium.org.uk Peeblesshire Archaeological Society offers the a range of activities that allows members to ‘get out of your armchair’ and become involved in local archaeology: www.peeblesarchsoc.org.uk/index.htm

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Innis Bhuidhe (Yellow Island) is the clan McNabs burial ground. Within a walled enclosure are the graves of the clan chiefs with ordinary members of the clan buried outside. Burials have possibly been taking place from medieval period. James McNab of McNab will give a guided tour of the island which is accessed from the Falls of Dochart Bridge. Stout shoes recommended.

Easter Hill Earthwork Climb
Saturday 5th September, 13:30 | Leaderfoot Viewpoint, off A68, 4.5 miles South of Earlston | Meet at South end of the 18th century Old Drygrange Bridge, the middle bridge between the Leaderfoot Viaduct and the A68 road bridge, TD6 9DF | Grid ref: NT 575346

Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot Dig Open Day
Sunday 16th August, 10:00-16:00 | In the fields south of Forteviot Village, Perthshire | Grid ref: NO 052 172

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Pots: Get Creative with Clay!
Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00 | Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY

The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project will be continuing excavations of a remarkable complex of prehistoric and early medieval remains, which were first identified from the air as cropmarks. This year’s investigation will continue to focus on one of the henge-like enclosures, which has proved so far to have early prehistoric origins as well as evidence of later prehistoric and medieval reworkings. Further excavations will also take place at the Pictish cemetery, exploring a large rectangular enclosure that is surrounded by barrows and unenclosed graves.
Tessa Poller | Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow 0141 330 2991 | 0141 330 5690 | t.poller@archaeology.gla.ac.uk www.gla.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research/projects/serf/

Get creative with clay! Discover ancient pottery finds and firing methods based on pot evidence from Crannogs. Explore the basics of making coil pots and pit firing in this hands-on event.
Ms Barrie Andrian | The Scottish Crannog Centre | 01887 830583 info@crannog.co.uk | www.crannog.co.uk

SAM Walk crossing R. Tweed and Gattonside road to Leaderfoot Farm and very stiff climb up to the earthwork on the south side of Easter Hill. This is the middle earthwork on the Gattonside Ridge. We climbed up to Chester Knowe in 2008 and hope to tackle Camp Knowe in 2010. On returning to Leaderfoot Viewpoint (and parked cars) we make our way to Newstead Village Hall for tea and biscuits (donation requested) about 15.30.
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Walk ‘n’ Talk
Sunday 20th September, 14:00-17:00 | Parish Church of Lyne and Manor, Peebles. EH45 9JH | Grid ref: NT 1918 4050 (approx. 4.5 miles west of Peebles on A72)

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For further information on the heritage of Renfrewshire contact: Renfrewshire Local History Forum acts as an umbrella organisation for all the societies in the county which have an interest in history and heritage. As well as acting as a link between societies, the Forum organises conferences and lectures: http://rlhf.info/news.php

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Sandpit Archaeology
Sunday 6th September, 12:00-14:00 | Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY

A series of guided walks centred on Lyne Church, including the recently conserved Adam and Eve stone, Early Christian graves on Abbey Knowe, and the Roman fort of Lyne, preceded by an introductory talk in the church. Part of Borders Heritage Week.
Bob Knox | Peeblesshire Archaeological Society | 01721 722203 robknox@9glenrd.freeserve.co.uk | peeblesarchsoc.org.uk

Castle Semple Centre Open Day
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September | Castle Semple Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4EA

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Try your hand at trowelling for clues to the past. Learn how to record your finds and what to do with them. Fun for all ages from 7+.
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Snorkel Archaeology
Sunday 6th September: 14:00-16:00 | Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Then and Now” showing areas of Lochwinnoch from the earliest days of photography to the present day with accompanying photographs of the places in 2008/09, to show any changes or if things have ‘stayed the same’. Renfrewshire Local History Forum will also be carrying out an archaeological dig in the Parkhill Woodlands (part of the Country Park at Castle Semple) throughout the Sunday which will be open to members of the public for

A Georgian Country House Kitchen
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00 Paxton House, Berwickshire, TD15 1SZ

A significant part of Scottish Border’s ‘frontier heritage’, Newstead was one of the most important command centres of the Roman army in Scotland. Among other treasures the site produced these Roman parade helmets with facemasks

Period cookery demonstrations and living history displays in and around the Georgian kitchen, boathouse and grounds of Paxton House. Built in 1758 by John and James Adam, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain. Part of Borders Heritage Week.

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

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The Skirmish Hill
Sunday 20th September, 14:00 | Meet in front of the Melrose Parish Church

Coldingham History Weekend
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-17:00 & Sunday 27th September, 10:00-16:30 | Coldingham Public Hall, The Square, Coldingham, Berwickshire, TD14 5NG

An opportunity to learn about the bloody events of the 25th July 1526 when Scott of Buccleuch challenged the power of the Douglas over the custody of the boy king James V Enjoy a pleasant 5 mile . walk through some beautiful Borders countryside. The walk is along good footpaths and country lanes on mostly flat or gently sloping terrain so should be accessible for most people. Part of Borders Heritage Week.
Ian Skinner | Melrose Historical Society | 01835 822823 i.skinner@btinternet.com

Exhibition with photos, maps, short talks and a hands-on event for children. Border Family History Society presence with bookstall.Coldinghamshire was the name of the large estate of Coldingham Priory, once described as the Cinderella of the Border Abbeys. The ruins are presently undergoing a conservation programme. Church open in afternoons. Part of Borders Heritage Week.
Julia Carter | Friends of Coldingham Priory | 018907 71420 julia.carter@homecall.co.uk | www.coldingham.info

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For further information on the archaeology of South Lanarkshire contact: South Lanarkshire Museums provide a great way to explore the past of this region. Information on the museums and their events and collections can be found through the Glasgow Museums website: www.glasgowmuseums.com Forestry Commission Scotland provide opportunities and advice on exploring the natural and archaeological landscape of Scotland: www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland Forest Heritage Scotland is a project is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, which aims to enhance knowledge and inspire exploration of the heritage sites on the national forest estate. The FHS website gives information on around 50 locations in Scotland to explore yourself or take part in community archaeology activities: www.forestheritagescotland.com

Much of South Lanarkshire’s archaeology reflects Scotland’s place in the industrial and engineering revolutions of the last few centuries. Some of the mills and factories of this time like Hallside Steelworks, pictured, remain in the landscape as disused shells, while others disappeared like Wilsontown Ironworks, buried beneath the South Lanarkshire forest

Scott Clan Gathering: The Muster
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:30 | South Bowhill Field, Bowhill, Selkirk, TD7 5ES

SHETLAND
For further information on the archaeology of Shetland contact: Shetland Museum and Archives organises various events and provides supports through their ‘Heritage Hub’ to a volunteerbased membership of Shetland’s heritage community as well as housing numerous collections and archives: www.shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk Shetland Amenity Trust work to protect, improve and enhance many aspects of Shetland’s heritage. The Trust provides many opportunities to learn about Shetland’s natural and archaeological heritage through research and outreach initiatives: www.shetland-heritage.co.uk/amenitytrust/

STIRLING
Stirling and its hinterland have played a key role in the story of Scotland since the first hunter gatherers travelled up the River Forth almost 7000 years ago, through medieval times when the Royal Court was at Stirling Castle, right up to modern times. It lies at a crossroads where influences from north and south, east and west meet and where people have left behind their burial cairns and forts, castles and cemeteries and lots more. Lorna Main Archaeology Officer, Stirling Council
For further information on the archaeology of Stirling contact: Stirling Smith Museum is the home of a significant collection of rare and unique artefacts, spanning centuries of Scottish, British and World history: www.smithartgallery.demon.co.uk

A gathering for Borders families of all names, clans and allegiances, hosted by the Scotts of Buccleuch. Featuring demonstrations of traditional sports; a re-enactment of the historic Carterhaugh Ba’ Game; a literary marquee to showcase the best of modern and traditional Borders writing and arts; crafts and local foods; a genealogy marquee with experts showing how to trace ancestry; music; clan parades and a whole host of other entertainments. Part of Borders Heritage Week.
Helen Currie | Buccleuch Heritage Trust / Buccleuch Estates 01750 22204 | hcurrie@buccleuch.com | bht@buccleuch.com www.bowhill.org

Gunnister Man Exhibition and Events
Saturday 12th September - Sunday 1st November Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WP

St Abb’s Archaeology Open Day
Saturday 26th September, 10:00-16:00 | St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve Visitor’s Centre, Northfield, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders TD14 5QF (on main road, B6438 into St Abb’s) | Access to meeting point at Visitor Centre by car, then a 10min walk to harbour and a 40min walk along coast path with steep slopes to kirk site

Wilsontown Ironworks: Beneath the Grass
Sunday 13th September, 14:00-16:00 | Wilsontown, Ironworks, Heathland Forest, Forth, South Lanarkshire | Grid ref: NS 950565 | Join the A801 from Junction 4 of the M8. Proceed south to the A706 and follow this road towards Lanark. Take the B7016 north of Forth and follow signs for Wilsontown.

Join the National Trust for Scotland and Headland Archaeology to explore the archaeology of St Abb’s on the Berwickshire coast. Have a go at surveying and recording or enjoy a historic guided walk. Maritime electronic survey of St Abbs Harbour. Sessions at 10:00 and 14:00. Meet at Visitor Centre. Survey of medieval earthworks on St Abb's head (Kirk site). Sessions at 13:00 and 14:00. Meet at Visitor’s Centre. Guided walks of the historic headland throughout the day. Meet at Visitor’s Centre. Book below or pop in during the day.

In 1951 men digging peats in Northmavine, Shetland discovered a body. Although little of his remains survived his clothing and belongings did. From the style of these we know the man died around 1700. The mystery of the Gunnister Man remains - who was he? What was he doing in the peat hells? Why was he not buried in a graveyard and how did he die? For the first time since their discovery in 1951 the clothing and belongings of the Gunnister Man will be on display in Shetland, on loan from the National Museums of Scotland. Visit this fascinating exhibition and participate in a range of free events.
Kirsty Clark | Shetland Museum and Archives | 01595 695057 info@shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk www.shetlandmuseumandarchives.org.uk

Ardess Hidden History Trail, Ben Lomond: Self-guided Trail
1st - 30th September | Leaflet available dispenser beside: NTS Ranger Centre, Ardess Lodge, Rowardennan, Drymen, G63 0AR | Grid ref: NS 367 029

Take a walk around Wilsontown Ironworks and meet costumed characters from the past. This lively and funny guided tour is sure to entertain you as we hear all about how the Wilsons are getting on with their innovative Ironworks from some of the people who lived and worked there. Suitable for all the family, come along and experience living history!
Emma Stewart | Forestry Commission Scotland | 01698 222205 emma.stewart@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

In your own time explore the subtle archaeological remains along this short trail among the oak woodlands on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond. The trail leaflet can be picked up on site or can be downloaded from the NTS web site page for Ben Lomond: www.nts.org.uk/Property/11/
Alastair Eckersall | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2217 benlomond@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

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STIRLING WESTERN ISLES
For further information on the archaeology of Western Isles contact: The Western Isles Archaeology Service, run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has responsibility for the care of archaeological sites and monuments throughout the Western Isles www.cne-siar.gov.uk/archaeology/

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Bannockburn Battlefield Walk
Wednesday 23rd September, 13:00-17:00 | Bannock-burn Heritage Centre, Glasgow Road, Stirling, FK7 0LJ

Secrets of the Forest Revealed: Aberfoyle Slate Quarries
Saturday 19th September, tours all day | Aberfoyle Slate Quarries near Aberfoyle | Grid ref: NN 505 031

A Guided Tour of the Surveyed Old Settlement of Bosta
Saturday 5th September, 12:00 | Meet at the car park at Bosta Beach, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, HS2

Visit the settlement of Bosta Village cleared 1880 and the wider area which has Iron Age sites and even older Neolithic monuments. This coastal site also has kelp kiln remains and curing houses in the vicinity. The guided tour consists of an initial short guided walk lasting around 1 hour. This is a ‘medium’ walk over uneven ground with no paths. Visitors can stay on for an optional longer guided tour lasting 2-3 hours in all. This additional tour is an extension of the first. It covers a greater distance with more sites and the agricultural area. This longer walk is a ‘hard’ walk over boggy ground. Please wear stout footwear as the ground is uneven. Please note that no dogs are allowed in this area.
Maggie Smith | Lewis and Harris Archaeology Group T: 01851 860204 | M: 07788966292 | maggiesmith@hebrides.net

In the 1800s, Aberfoyle was the third most important quarry in Scotland. At its peak it had its own village. The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to come explore the history of Aberfoyle Slate Quarry and the people who lived there. Part of the Forest Heritage Scotland undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS. Check website below.
forestheritagescotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestheritagescotland.com

Seven mile guided walk of the sites associated with the Battle of Bannockburn. The route follows easy country paths along the Bannock Burn. Event does not include admission to Bannockburn Heritage Centre. Admission prices and opening times for the Centre can be found at www.nts.org.uk. Booking essential, contact below.
Evelyn Wilson | National Trust for Scotland | 0844 493 2139 ewilson@nts.org.uk | www.nts.org.uk

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Homecoming at Cochno Sheilings
Saturday 12th September, 12:00-16:00 | Edinbarnet Council Car Park, Cochno Road, Glasgow (free car parking) | Grid ref: NS 504 739

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Sunday 20th September, 11:00-16:00 | Tyndrum, FK20 8RY | Grid ref: NN 327 304 | More details when booked

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Guided Walk to Dun Eistean
Every Tuesday in September, 12:00 | Meet at the Port of Ness Harbour, Ness, Isle of Lewis | Grid ref: NB 537 637

Join National Park Countryside Rangers and members of the Strathfillan Community Development Trust on a journey through time and discover the mining heritage of Tyndrum. Explore evidence of an ice-age past in the area around one of Scotland’s few remaining gold mines. The event is a mixture of a guided walk (around 5km or 3 miles), a minibus ride and hands-on-activities, panning for gold is even a possibility. Most of the walking is on established paths although there are two short, rather steep sections over undulating and uneven ground. Bring appropriate weatherproof clothing and footwear. Please bring a packed lunch.
Gavin Skipper | Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority 01389 722040 | gavin.skipper@lochlomond-trossachs.org www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

The Forest Heritage Scotland project invites you to leave your township and make a trip up the hill to the summer grazing lands. Discover and join in with some of the activities that people would have done in the past to prepare for the winter at the summer sheilings. This event is being run in collaboration with West Dumbartonshire Council Ranger Service. Please bring warm outdoor wear and waterproof; stout footwear; snacks and water. Suitable for all ages. Part of Forest Heritage Scotland undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with RCAHMS.
Gillian Neil | Forest Heritage Scotland | 01389 752977 Gillian.neil@west-dunbarton.gov.uk | www.forestheritagescotland.com

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A walk from the historic harbour at Port of Ness along the dramatic coast to the ancestral home of the Clan Morrison which has recently been excavated to uncover its history.
Julie Sievewright | Countryside Ranger 01851 810825 | www.galsontrust.com

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For further information on the archaeology of West Lothian contact: Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society: www.eafs.org.uk

Fintry’s Fascinating Fort
20th September, 10:30-15:00 | Meet at the Sport’s Centre in the village of Fintry | Guided walk to site of Dunmore Fort in the Campsie Fells | Sport’s Centre Grid ref: NS61528688 | Dunmore Fort Grid ref: NS 6047 8648

Guided Walk through South Galson
Every Thursday in September, 12:00 | Meet at Galson Farmhouse, South Galson | Grid ref: NB 436 591

Find out about the fascinating story of South Galson Village from the Iron Age to the present day and the events that inspired the community to buy the estate.
Julie Sievewright | Countryside Ranger 01851 810825 | www.galsontrust.com

Join the experts on our archaeological walk as part of Scottish Archaeology Month. Archaeologist Lorna Main will be introducing us to the hillfort that overlooks Fintry, so that means a bit of a climb to get there, but at a leisurely pace with a few stops along the way. Bring walking boots, lunch and weatherproof clothing.
Douglas Flynn | Stirling Council | 01786 442439 flynnd@stirling.gov.uk | www.stirling.gov.uk/countryside

Historic Scotland Linlithgow Peel Archaeology Day
Saturday 3rd October, 13:00-16:00 | Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, EH49 7AL | Grid ref: NT 0019 7731

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Drop in afternoon for children and families at the Palace. Try out historical skills, learn about Medieval history and how people lived in the past and hear from a costumed performer about life under the Stuart Kings.
Ian Lewis | Historic Scotland Ranger Service | 01506 842065 HS.Rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Dun Eistean, Western Isles features in this year’s SAM events as walk led by Julie Sievewritght, Countryside Ranger, see above for details

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SAM FOR SCHOOLS!

Everyone can celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month! Whether it’s by dressing up as a Viking, 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 historic 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 formal 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 Time Detectives
30th September, 10:30-12:00, 12:30-14:00 (two sessions of 90 minutes each) | Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU | Grid ref: NY 025 656

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topsoil sifting - perhaps you will make an exciting find? Suitable for P4 to S2. Curricular areas: People, past events and societies, and People, place and environment. The archaeological hands-on activities are a good Opportunity for personal achievement outside the classroom. Guided tours of the site are free. Schools have to provide their own transport.
Laura Bennison | National Museums Scotland 0131 247 4435 | l.bennison@nms.ac.uk www.nms.ac.uk/education_activities/celts_and_romans_at_birnie.aspx

The Hamilton Story / The Mausoleum: Schools Facilitated Sessions
Throughout September, half day and full day sessions Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mausoleum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BJ

Film Screening: Caledonian Pottery Excavation
Every Thursday in September at 14:00 | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BJ

Become a time detective and explore the castle with an archaeologist to discover clues that tell us how the castle was built and how it has changed over time. Handle artefacts and find out about life at Caerlaverock through the ages.
Education Unit | Historic Scotland 0131 668 8793 / 8736 | hs.education@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/education_unit

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Dip into Hamilton’s rich and exciting past, you can choose to dig deep into Hamilton’s history, learn about the ancestral seat of the Hamilton family, visit the magnificent mausoleum and find out about the secrets hidden within this historic landmark. Suitable for all year groups Primary, Secondary and Higher Education
Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council 01698 453227 | Rhona.mckinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

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Archaeologists at Work
Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th September, 10:00-12.30 | Historic Scotland, Stanley Mills, Stanley, Perthshire, PH1 4QE | Grid ref: NO 11345 32833

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Holyrood Park Archaeology Month
September 2009 | Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queens Drive , Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG

What is a Museum? Schools Facilitated Sessions
Throughout September, also available terms 2 & 3, morning and afternoon sessions available | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6BJ | Hunter House Museum, Maxwellton Rd, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 3LW | The John Hastie Museum, Threestanes Road, Strathaven, ML10 6EB

To celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month, we will be screening the short 20-minute film commissioned for the Caledonian Pottery project, part of the M74 Completion Public Archaeology programme. In one of the largest single excavation projects in Europe, a team of archaeologists excavated sites along the route of the new motorway link. The Caledonian Pottery was one of the three largest sites to be excavated and revealed pottery production on a massive scale. The film presents the fascinating history of the factory, shows the excavation, and has the archaeologists describing the finds and features they have unearthed. It’s sure to be an eye-opener! No need to book.
Aileen Meechan | South Lanarkshire Council 01698 453235 | aileen.meechan@southlanarkshire.gov.uk www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Holyrood Archaeology Month will give school students the opportunity to discover some of the secrets of the fascinating past of this great landscape in the heart of the capital. They’ll find out how man developed the land during the Iron Age, and hear what life was like during this defining period in Scotland’s history by meeting characters from it and trying out the skills and crafts they used. Holyrood Park is packed full of archaeological sites dating back thousands of years; there are well over 100 within its boundaries. These include Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago, a prehistoric farmstead of scooped circular hut, east of Dunsapie Crag, and the remains of medieval and later rig-and-furrow cultivation.
Nathan Bryceland | Historic Scotland Ranger Service 0131 625 8150 | Nathan.bryceland@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/rangerservice

Pupils become time detectives and discover the evidence that helped archaeologists piece together the mills’ past. Working in a team, learning archaeological skills and using real archaeological equipment, pupils discover more about the top floor of the Bell Mill and help record the features in it before presenting their findings.
Fiona Davidson | Historic Scotland | 01738 828 268 Fiona.davidson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk | www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Going Potty! Archaeology Workshop
Sunday 20th September, 13:00-14:30 | Hunter House Museum, Maxwellton Road, Calderwood, East Kilbride, G74 3LW

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Our Castles: Facilitated Museum Based & Outreach Sessions for Early Years Groups
Throughout September | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6BJ | Hunter House Museum, Maxwellton Rd, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 3LW | The John Hastie Museum, Threestanes Road, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6EB | Or outreach available in your own classroom/nursery!

Where do museums and galleries collections come from? What happens to the finds from an excavation? Learn about behind the scenes at a museum. This new cross curricula session will give you and your class a fascinating new insight into the world of museums. We’ll look at collecting, cataloguing, conservation, objects handling, displays and descriptive text. In fact, all the skills and knowledge your class needs to help you create your very own museum in your classroom. Adaptable to most historic topics, this session actively involves everyone in your class. Suitable for P1 to P7. Booking required.
Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council 01698 453227 | Rhona.McKinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

As part of Scottish Archaeology Month we are offering you the chance to be an archaeologist for an afternoon. You’ll handle real finds from the Caledonian Pottery excavation in Rutherglen, a nationally-important site, and learn how to piece together evidence in some archaeological detective work. Suitable for ages 8-12yrs.
Aileen Meechan | South Lanarkshire Council 01355 261261 | www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

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The Romans: Schools Facilitated Sessions
Throughout September, also available during term 2 and 3 | Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6BJ

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Visit the Celts and Romans at Birnie
31st August - 11th September, 10:00-12:00 and 13:0015:00 | Archaeological site near Birnie, 5 miles south of Elgin in Moray, IV30 8SU | Grid ref: NJ 2099 5847

Come and see archaeologists at work at this Iron Age site in a field near Birnie. Explore the site and discover what life was like for Iron Age people on the northern edge of the Roman world. Find out about the two hoards of Roman coins that have been found in previous digs and try your hand at

South Lanarkshire’s rich history of castles is brought to life for our younger audience. Learn about your local castle what it might have looked like and who might have lived in it. Then, through colour and texture, we’ll create our very own wall sized castle for your classroom/nursery. Available museum or classroom based. Tailored classes suitable for nursery and lower primary (age 3 to 6yrs).
Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council 01698 453227 | Rhona.McKinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Take your class back in time, retracing the steps of the mighty Roman army in their bid to conquer the wild eyed barbarians of the north. Who were the Romans? Why did they come here? What did they leave behind? This session includes role play, simulated mini excavation, and much more, helping your class piece together the story of this once powerful empire. Suitable for P1 to P7 and S1 (Classics).
Rhona McKinnon | South Lanarkshire Council 01698 453227 | Rhona.mckinnon@southlanarkshire.gov.uk www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

All information correct at time of going to press. Archaeology Scotland does not accept responsibility for any changes which may have occurred. Check our website for the full latest up to date programme and check with event organisers first before making any travel plans.

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