Summer 2015 sees the launch of en exciting new community archaeology initiative from Castletown Heritage Society: A Window on the Hidden Bronze Age Landscape of Caithness. This innovative project represents a new chapter in the exploration of Caithness’ prehistoric past, using cutting-edge technology to identify and select features for investigation. Targeted archaeological survey and excavation will be carried out by volunteers under the guidance of archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group, as part of a structure summer school. Training will be central to the project’s aims, with participants learning new skills or building on previous experience. Castlehill Heritage Centre will be the project’s central hub, with indoor learning sessions, evening events and crafts workshops taking place there throughout the summer and into the autumn.
The survey and excavations will be informed by airborne laser scan data (LiDAR), which has revealed hundreds of features which may represent archaeological sites, including numerous possible hut circles, the remains of prehistoric roundhouses. These features are characteristic of the Bronze Age (c. 2500-700BC).
The archaeological fieldwork and training will be complemented by a number of evening events and crafts workshops – from prehistoric pottery to ancient foods. Travel back in time with us!
Following the end of the fieldwork, a new digital resource will be designed and installed at Castlehill Heritage Centre, enabling visitors to explore in 3D the LiDAR data and the hidden landscapes of Caithness.
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