Learning to dig with Rampart Scotland. (Photo: M Cook).
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.
All of Battle Hill’s remains are newly discovered and you will be amongst the first to explore its secrets which across Scotland’s rich past!
The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 17th season of a long-term, relaxed and open series of research and training excavations into Prehistoric Aberdeenshire. The project has to date produced over 12 publications (http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/case-study-kintore-aberdeenshire-shining-light-black-hole) and Murray Cook’s PhD.