Dates: 10th to 21st July 2017
Cost: £795 for 2 weeks including, travel to and from site, accommodation and food; or £50 a day if you provide your own accommodation and food.
Training / Experience: None required.
Learning to dig with Rampart Scotland. (Photo: M Cook).
The 10th season of an ongoing project into East Lothian hillforts, this season focuses on Sheriffside.
Destroyed in antiquity and appearing on no maps, Sheriffside was only rediscovered in 1981. Aerial photography picked up the parch marks of a large double ditched enclosure lying under pasture land and measuring over 150m in diameter.
Initial trial excavations in 2010 and 2012 showed that the site was a complex hillfort, containing a series of ditches, banks and palisades spanning nearly 1000 years between 600BC and 400AD. Its position on the end of a ridge near the village of Gifford, 20 miles to the east of Edinburgh, offers a 360 degree panorama taking in landmarks such as the Lammermuir hills to the south, Pentland hills to the west and the Kingdom of Fife to the north. The final season will explore the enclosure’s entrance.