Battle Hill, Huntly named after a daring raid in 1307 during the Scottish Wars of
Independence contains a variety of unmapped prehistoric settlement including Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic scatters, a potential Celtic hillfort and 3000 year old upstanding settlement as well as medieval and 19th century agriculture.
Hillforts are elite Iron Age settlement and hut-circles were built on marginal land at a time when due to slightly warmer temperatures it was possible to farm for longer and on poorer ground. As the climate worsened the houses were abandoned and gradually collapsed leaving tell-tale circular mounds 10-15 m in diameter. Avoided by subsequent farmers who built and farmed around them, the remains eventually became preserved within the forest itself.
Battle Hill has never been excavated and you will be the first to explore its secrets which across Scotland’s rich past!
The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 16th season of a long-term, relaxed and open series of research and training excavations into Prehistoric Aberdeenshire and will run from the 8th to 19th August 2016. The project has to date produced over 12 publications and Murray Cook’s PhD.
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