21 May 2017
The Rhind Lectures for 2017 will be given by Professor Roberta Gilchrist on more details »
21 May 2017
This year, the Scottish Archaeology summer school will be in the Highlands, situated mainly in two areas; the south-western part, of Black Isle, and Glen Urquhart, which runs from Loch Ness in the east to Corrimony and beyond in the west, along with a few additional sites in between these areas. The summer school will be based in the Garve Hotel where the evening lectures will be held, and coach transportation will leave for the all-day field excursions on the Saturday and Sunday. The hotel is located about 25 miles north-west of Inverness; Garve is situated in the broad Blackwater valley through which the east/west road and railway pass. Registration will take place in the hotel during the latter part of the afternoon on Friday 19th May and departure will be during the morning of Monday 22nd May.
We will visit Neolithic funerary sites, an archaeological landscape of cairns, hut-circles and barrows, a cruck-barn, a township, mottes, moats and a mansion together with burial grounds, and castles. Sites have been selected in association with members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS).
The programme will commence on the Friday evening with dinner at the Garve Hotel (7pm) followed by the first of three evening lectures, when Alan Thompson (NOSAS) and Anne Coombs (NOSAS) will present a talk ‘Using easily-accessible technology to enhance archaeological recording techniques’. The talk will refer to sites that we will visit during the weekend as examples. On Saturday evening Dr Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen) will speak about the Northern Picts project and on Sunday evening Simon Green (Historic Environment Scotland) will present a talk about the rise and fall of the mansion house and estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Guisachan (which we will visit). Our site guides will be Simon Green, Strat Halliday, Eve Boyle (HES) and members of NOSAS.
There will be two full days of field visits on the Saturday and Sunday,
for which participants will be transported by coach. Most of the walking will be easy and on the flat, with some short uphill stretches. On the Monday morning after breakfast, there will be an optional event, the details of which are still being finalised – possibly a visit to Knock Farril (vitrified) fort or a guided walk around nearby Strathpeffer.
The provisional list of sites to be visited includes:
Carn Glas Neolithic Orkney-Cromarty chambered cairn at the base of Black Isle; recently restored by three local community heritage groups and Archaeology Scotland’s Adopt-a-Monument team.
Mulchaich township (and possible distillery) with corn drying kiln recently prepared for public presentation by NOSAS and Archaeology Scotland’s Adopt-a-Monument team.
Kiltarlity graveyard, Tomnacross. Moot hill or possible motte; the ‘Seat of Judgement’, an ancient circular mound on which reputedly grew the ‘Hanging Tree’.
Ormond Castle, Avoch; recently surveyed by NOSAS. Traditionally associated with William the Lion (1143-1214) and built c.1179. Destroyed by Cromwell’s forces in 1650; only the foundations remain, never-the-less, the remains are of a monument type rarely found in Scotland.
Corrimony; a ‘Clava type’ chambered cairn in a remarkable state of preservation - much of the roof of the passage survives.
David’s fort (between Conan Bridge and Muir of Ord); an enigmatic trapezoidal earthwork with a wet moat – probably medieval.
Guisachan House, steading and Victorian dairy; the house, now a roofless ruin, built c.1755 and transformed into a mansion c.1860 by Dudley Marjoribanks (later Lord Tweedmouth). Dairy complete with spired ventilator, mosaic floor, stained glass windows and coved ceiling. Guisachan is the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever.
Corrimony cruck framed barn; unusual survival of possibly the finest cruck building in Scotland.
Buntait archaeological landscape; hut circles, cairnfields, enclosures, field system and probable barrows.
Cnoc an Tighe Mhoir ‘hillock of the big house’, at Erchless; almost certainly a motte, overgrown except for the summit, which is a private burial ground for The Chisholm.
The registration fees are payable by all participants - resident and non-resident.
Archaeology Scotland members: £119 Non-members: £149
This fee includes coach transportation to within reasonable walking distance of sites, entrance fees (if applicable), a detailed excursion guide, administration costs and expenses for organisers, guides and speakers.
Accommodation is in Garve Hotel, and will be extra.
Further details and booking from Archaeology Scotland website
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21 May 2017
For celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Packhorse bridge in Carrbridge, there will be an exhibition in Carrbridge Hotel focussing on village history and the bridge.
Further details of other events at www.carrbridge.commore details »
21 May 2017
The annual Rhind lectures will be given this year by Professor Roberta Gilchrist on the theme of ´Sacred Heritage: Archaeology, Identity and Medieval Beliefs´
National Museum of Scotland Auditorium, Edinburgh ()enter via Lothian Street)
Free. Details of all six lectures on Society of Antiquaries Website.more details »
21 May 2017
This tour of the Pictish stones of Easter Ross will start at the Groam House Museum. We will then travel to Nigg, Hilton of Cadboll, Shandwick and Portmahomack exploring the stones along the way. Lunch will be included. The tour will be led by Jill Harden who will share her extensive knowledge of the Picts and their stones. Meet at the Museum at 10am. Return around 4pm.
Cost: £30. For further information and bookings see the Groam House Museum website.
Part of Groam House Museum's offering for Festival of Museumsmore details »
21 May 2017
Guided Walk to Caird’s Cave
We will meet at the Museum at 2pm and walk along the path above Rosemarkie beach to Caird’s Cave. We will return along the beach looking for fossils, and finish at the Beach Café where you will be able to buy refreshments. This walk will be led by Simon Gunn, leader of the Rosemarkie Caves Project and will take about 30 minutes each way. It is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
Cost: £5. Bookings from Groam House Museum's website.
Part of Groam House Museum's offering for Festival of Museums.more details »
21 May 2017
All the fun of the fair
Roll up, roll up to enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Highland Folk Museum. Enjoy fun for all the family as we celebrate the Festival of Museums and the opening of Lochanhully House. Rides, games, sweets and treats, there is something for all at our old fashioned fun fair on 21 May! From midday you can join us as we celebrate the opening of Lochanhully House, the latest building to join our collection here at the museum and afterwards go along to the shinty pitch to join in with the funfair. Our shinty pitch will be transformed into a 1950’s inspired fun fair for the afternoon, with a BBQ and afternoon teas to tempt you!
Tickets for the rides / games are available on the gate, admission to the museum is free, but as ever donations are welcome.
Please contact the museum to discuss any access queries – 01540 673551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org