Highland Archaeology Festival 2018

Celebrating Highland Archaeology, History and Heritage

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over two weeks each October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections.  There’s something to suit everyone and many of the events are free!

The 2017 festival was a great success with 115 events, 22 special exhibitions, a HAF 2017 object trail, geocache trail, and of course the annual conference. A report summarising activities in the festival can be found in the Document Library, in the 2017 folder.

In 2018 the festival will run from 29th September - 19th October - a longer than usual period to celebrate our 25th year, with the last week including the school holidays. Events will be put up on the website as they are confirmed, beginning in July 2018. The conference will take place on 13th and 14th October. If you are thinking of contributing an event or exhibition, forms are in the Document Library in the 2018 folder- deadline is 1st June.

In the meantime, the geocache trail is still active. A list of self guided trails is available by clicking here. And the shortlist of the 2017 photographic competition is touring. Until the end of December it will be at Inverness Library, followed by Aviemore Library. Other dates:

Fortrose Library: 17th Jan - 13th Feb
Culloden Library: 16 Feb - 2 March
Broadfort Library: 13th Mar - 10 April
Wick Library: 17 April - 15 May
Brora Library: 23 May - 20 June
Tain Library: 27 June - 25 July
Dingwall Library: tbc

If coming from a distance, phone the library ahead of time to ensure that it is still there.

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