Tag: Scotland

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Discoveries from the deep: sailing aboard the Swan in the 17th century

In 1653, a small Cromwellian warship was lost off the west coast of Scotland. Excavated between 1992 and 2003, the wreck of the Swan yielded finds that tell stories of cutting-edge weaponry, mishaps on board, and plunder. Now the full report has been published, Colin Martin reveals the ship’s secrets and explains why wrecks are […]

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Rheged rediscovered: uncovering a lost British kingdom in Galloway

The Pictish carvings etched near the summit of Trusty’s Hill, a vitrified hillfort in Dumfries and Galloway, are as enigmatic as they are striking, located far to the south of where you would expect to find this kind of artwork. But how old are the carvings, are they even genuine, and what can archaeology tell […]

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Why were Pictish symbols carved into Trusty’s Hill, far to the south of where they usually occur? Investigation of a hillfort towering over the images reveals that the site developed into a prosperous centre in the 6th century AD, and may even have been at the heart of the lost kingdom of Rheged. If so, […]

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Swartigill Iron Age Project

The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early […]

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Newbarns Project

  Comprises 3 Kerb cairns from Neolithic to Medieval, multi settlement eras. Many prehistoric cremation burials dating from EBA to Iron Age in Galloway. Current excavation is excavating 12th-century Celto Norse Motte Hill and associated defences. Also several EBA burials. All welcome to try their hand at excavation, young or old, amateur and professional alike […]

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Sheriffside

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 […]

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Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project

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 […]

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Kildavie Excavation 2017

The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]

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Moredun Top 2017

Moredun Top dig is back for the third and final year excavating the complex Iron Age hillfort. The dig runs from Tuesday 25 April – Saturday 20 May. Findings from the last two digs include a possible dun or broch, parts of shale bracelets, quern stones, a pivot stone, gaming pieces, stone lamps, beads, and […]

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Current Archaeology 322

Archaeology is alive with uncertainties. Time and again new sites or technologies upend longstanding theories. All this month’s featured sites show the sometimes fractious relationship between fresh research and what we think we know. Early digging at a newly discovered Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Great Ryburgh unearthed a rare coffin created from a hollowed-out tree. The […]

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