Highland Archaeology Festival

Highland Archaeology Festival: 28 September -13 October

The new Highland Archaeology Festival brochure (5896kb pdf) is available now

A new event has been announced for Friday 11th October.
Walking to two of the five iron age duns on the Beauly braes, including Dun Mor above the Breakachy Burn. A chance to see them in their context, and consider why!
Meet at Kilmorack Village Hall car park at 10am – NH48360 44726 – for car sharing.  For further details contact Roland Spencer-Jones, NOSAS, 07787 507972.

Magic Metals: glimpses of the Late Bronze Age in Easter Ross byTrevor Cowie, National Museums of Scotland. Drawing on local archaeological finds, Trevor will show how discoveries of bronze and gold metalwork can be used to shed light on the lives of the Bronze Age communities of the region, from everyday activities to their contacts with the wider world.  Knockbain Free Church Hall, North Kessock. Thursday 3rd October - 7.45pm - 9.45pm. All welcome. North Kessock & District Local History Society. Members: £1; non-members: £2.

Urchany: Neolithic to 1871 -
Fri 11th October
Please note that the above event has been POSTPONED to Sunday 20th October.  Other details remain as shown in the HAF programme and advance booking is still essential – please contact Roland Spencer-Jones, Tel 07787 507972, email roland.spencerjones@googlemail.com

Public excavation opportunity, Caithness, 20 Sep - 7 Oct 2013
AOC Archaeology Group are seeking volunteers to help excavate areas around the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm in Caithness. The focus of the excavations will be the Warehouse chambered cairns; AOC together with volunteers will be investigating two of these impressive burial monuments to characterise and date the structures, and to make them more presentable to the public.  You can participate for any length of time and no previous experience is required – full training and all tools and equipment will be provided.
If you would like to participate, please get in touch with Andy Heald on 07824 562186 or email him at andy.heald@aocarchaeology.com. You can find out more - now and during the excavations - at www.aocarchaeology.com/news/warehousecairns.

Come to Castlehill Heritage Centre during the week beginning Monday October 7th 2013  to get experience of wet-sieving, sorting, dry-sieving, analysing and recording soil samples from recent excavations in Caithness. Training and tuition will be  given  by a qualified archaeologist.The first day will be an induction day. The event is run by Caithness Archaeological Trust and Castletown Heritage Society.  Please contact Paul Humphreys for further details on p.humphreys@btinternet.com or 01847 851 275.

RESCHEDULED LECTURE. 7.30pm, Friday 1st November "New News from Clarkly Hill" A lecture by Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland, about the excavation at this fascinating site near Burghead. Doors open at 7pm, and numbers may have to be limited so get there early. £3 (£2 for members of The Moray Society). Elgin Museum Hall. Contact curator@elginmuseum.org.uk or tel. 01343 543675.  This lecture has been postponed from 17th October.

Conference 2013
- Please note that there will be an additional talk on the morning of Sunday 13th October.  This has been included in the conference flyer (572kb pdf) but is not listed in the HAF programme.  Susan Kruse of ARCH will present a paper on the Wartime Remains in Evanton Project.

HAF 2013 features a diverse programme of events, from Caithness to Lochaber and beyond, thanks to our superb network of local event organisers without whose continuing dedication and support the festival would not be possible.

Watch this space for further details and if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive a copy of the Festival programme (which will include conference details and conference booking form) please email us at archaeology@highland.gov.uk .

Highland Archaeology Festival provides an excellent opportunity to present the results of recent field projects and research, raise awareness of local archaeology, history and heritage and encourage people to discover the historic environment of Highland.

We are keen to ensure a healthy future for HAF and we welcome your feedback on the event and the programme.  Any comments can be sent to us at archaeology@highland.gov.uk or use the online Feedback Form.