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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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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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Interview: John Reid talks about bullets and Burnswark on BBC Radio 4

Listen to John Reid, author of our cover feature Bullets, ballistas and Burnswark, discuss his research at Burnswark Hill on Radio 4’s Today (2 June 2016). The hill in Dumfriesshire is home to a 17-acre native hillfort held in a vice-like grip by two Roman camps. This configuration of Roman camps straddling a hillfort is unique in Britain, and attempts to […]

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The true nature of the events that played out at Burnswark in the 2nd century AD has long excited speculation. Two Roman camps were aggressively positioned to hold a former native hillfort in a vice-like grip, but does this dramatic arrangement testify to a desperate siege, or a rigorous military training regime? Now an ingenious new approach to studying the […]

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Bullets, ballistas, and Burnswark

A Roman assault on a hillfort in Scotland The ancient author Josephus once observed of the Roman military that ‘their training manoeuvres are battles without bloodshed, and their battles manoeuvres with bloodshed’. The difficulty in distinguishing between these states is well illustrated by the residue from a Roman artillery barrage at Burnswark. Were they aiming […]

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Egyptology Scotland

A Scottish society promoting the study of Ancient Egypt. Full annual programme of lectures and activities. Lectures open to all, generally held in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Annual membership fee (October-September) £18, junior £8, lecture entry £3 members, £5 non-members. Contact Details Email: ChairEgScotland@yahoo.co.uk Web: egyptology-scotland.squarespace.com Facebook: facebook.com/groups/821320844551607 Twitter: twitter.com/EgyptScotland Address: Claire Gilmour 75 Canal Street Saltcoats North […]

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Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival

September is a momentous month for Scottish archaeology. It opens with delegates gathering for the prestigious European Association of Archaeologists conference in Glasgow, and then launches into the inaugural Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Lesley McEwan guides us through some of the events on offer. It is with great excitement that we will launch the […]

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Glasgow Archaeological Society

Since 1856, the Glasgow Archaeological Society has been fostering public awareness of the importance of archaeology in increasing our understanding of the past through its programme of lectures, publications, field visits and other activities. During the winter months the society organises a series of monthly lectures by speakers from Britain and abroad. These illustrated lectures […]

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Moray Archaeology for All

Since the 1990s, National Museums Scotland have been  researching the Iron Age people of the Moray area, their links to the Roman world, and the development of the Picts. The Moray Archaeology for All community project has allowed the interaction of local people with all that goes on pre-, during and post-excavation. Volunteers and hundreds […]

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