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Raasay

Review – Raasay: the ACFA archaeological surveys 1995-2009

The Isle of Raasay is in sharp focus in Scottish culture. It is the place whose cleared settlements informed Sorley MacLean’s important Gaelic poem Hallaig. It is the landscape where Calum MacLeod spent ten years in the 1960s and 1970s hand-building a road to keep his community connected.

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Rethinking Scottish crannogs

New excavation and analysis of three crannogs – or man-made islands – in the Outer Hebrides has clearly demonstrated that they had Neolithic origins, changing our understanding of these enigmatic sites.

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Blackmiddens: distilling the history of Scottish whisky

In what is thought to be the first excavation of its kind, the remains of a 19th-century Scottish whisky distillery have been uncovered in Cabrach. The project, undertaken by Peter Bye- Jensen from the Cabrach Trust along with Cameron Archaeology and local volunteers, has provided valuable new insights into early whisky production, and a period of prosperity that transformed this rural region of Scotland.

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Roman marching camp revealed in Ayr

A previously unknown Roman marching camp has been discovered in Ayr, adding new evidence to our understanding of the Roman conquest of Scotland.

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Conclusive chronologies at Carnoustie

Two Neolithic halls have been identified within a previously unsuspected prehistoric landscape, thanks to new dating analysis following extensive excavations in Carnoustie, Angus.

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Falkirk Local History Society Fieldwork

We are always looking for volunteers to help with archaeological work throughout the Falkirk district. Some of this work is pre-planned as indicated in the following list, but much is in response to circumstances. Each year, for example a fieldwalking exercise is conducted on one of the Antonine Wall forts after it is ploughed and […]

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Aden Mansion House

Aden Mansion House is now a ruin. It was probably built around 1758 after the Russell family acquired the estate. It was reconstructed in 1832-3 by John Smith and fell into disrepair in the 1920s. A geophysical survey revealed details of the gardens under the current lawn and also a possible earlier structure.  We will […]

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The mystery of Leochel-Cushnie’s modern monument

When a strikingly well-preserved example of a Recumbent Stone Circle was identified in Aberdeenshire farmland (shown above), archaeologists were intrigued by its unusual design. After further investigation, however, the reason behind the Leochel-Cushnie monument’s quirks became all-too-apparent: rather than being an ancient site, the stone circle was built only 20 years ago.

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