Take part in an exciting programme that includes excavations, guided walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, themed fairs and more.
‘Perth and Kinross Archaeology Year’ promises to be a vibrant, engaging and informative feature of the 2017 calendar in Perth and Kinross with over 100 events packed into seven months! The official launch event on the 22nd April looks to be an exciting sunset ceremony beginning with a torch-lit procession through the atmospherically lit woodland of Moncreiffe hill up to the hillfort of Moredun top where the sound of a prehistoric horn will echo once more across the ramparts and a prehistoric world will be reconstructed through immersive hilltop virtual reality.
The wider events programme offers new guided walks to some of the county’s lesser-explored archaeological sites as well as reviving old favourites such as tours of the Roman Gask Ridge sites and trips to many of the hillforts that crown Perthshire’s hilltops. There will be lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty and experience the past at the trowel’s edge with four excavations to sign-up and take part in. The first will be Tay Landscape Partnership’s month-long dig (25 April to 20 May) on Moredun Top. The sixth and final season of excavations on the Pictish longhouses at Lair, Glenshee will be running for two weeks in June (6-17 June) and then there are two more hillfort digs in May and September to look forward to. Navigation courses using archaeological sites, workshops and demonstrations in archaeological survey, and a Medieval Fair in Perth city centre will be taking place. Doors Open Days is not to be forgotten which will return in September, this time across three consecutive weekends instead of one.
Events run by local historical societies and heritage organisations such as Culture Perth and Kinross and Historic Environment Scotland are also included making the programme a one-stop-shop for heritage happenings in Perth and Kinross between April and October. Eastern Perthshire features prominently with walks and talks delivered as part of the Cateran’s Common Wealth, and the Scottish Crannog Centre’s 20th anniversary celebration events each month are definitely not to be missed!