19 Jun 2014

Archaeology This Summer

ARDNAMURCHAN TRANSITIONS PROJECT 

The team will be here from Monday 21st July to Wednesday 6th August.  During that time, the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project, in association with Archaeology Scotland, has some exciting opportunities for volunteers.

EXCAVATION OPPORTUNITIES

This year we will be continuing our work at the chambered cairn of Caldh Aindreis in Swordle Bay. The new work will aim to further explore the history of this important monument and also provide an opportunity for you to get involved. Volunteers are welcome on the following dates: JULY: Wednesday 23rd, Friday 25th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st; AUGUST: Friday 1st, Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

The excavation will start at 10.00 (with coffee/tea beforehand) and finish at around 4.00pm. Please contact p.richardson@archaeologyscotland.org.uk to book a place. If you need any further information please drop Phil a line.

Basic refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. The excavation will take place outside, so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots/wellingtons. Everything else will be provided.

OPEN DAYS

Site tours will take place on site in Swordle Bay on Sunday 27th July and Sunday 4th August. Just pop along to see the exciting finds from this year’s excavations, everyone welcome.

TALKS AND LECTURES 

Tuesday 29th of July - 7.00-9.00pm at the Learning Centre - ‘The Vikings in Scotland: some close encounters of the museum kind’ - Trevor Cowie, Scottish History and Archaeology Department, National Museums Scotland.

Thursday 31st July - 7.30-8.30 at the Community Centre - ‘The Ardnamurchan Transitions Project: Fleshing out the past through the material remains’.

CAMAS NAN GEALL

On Thursday 24th of July Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology, Archaeology Scotland and the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project will be holding a workday at Camas nan Geall. The site contains a Neolithic chambered cairn, historic graveyard and a post medieval township. The workday will aim to manage the vegetation, survey the sites and understand these important sites a little better.

The day will start at 10.00am (with coffee/tea beforehand) and finish at around 4.00pm. Please contact p.richardson@archaeologyscotland.org.uk to book a place. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come first served basis. If you need any further information please drop Phil a line.

Basic refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. The excavation will take place outside, so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots/wellingtons. Everything else will be provided.

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