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Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research Conference [IN] {A63}
8 October 2022
Starts: 09:00
Ends: 17:00

The annual Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research conference organised by Highland Council Historic Environment Team returns after an absence of 2 years. The one-day event highlights new discoveries and research relating to Highland archaeology. As usual topics range from earliest settlers to the 20th century remains, looking at sites, buildings, finds and intangible heritage.

Venue: Council Chambers, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness. There are good audio-visiual facilities and comfortable seating.

During the breaks there will be a number of displays from organisations and museums, and poster sessions (details available on the day).

Bring a packed lunch, or there are shops and cafes within a short distance of the venue. Entrance is via the glass doors at the west side of the venue. Be sure to get a parking permit when you register.

Please book in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are £25 or £15 for full time students, and includes booking fees, coffees and teas.

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact us on 077888 35466 or email highlandarchaeologyfestival@gmail.com

Programme (timings to be confirmed)


9:00-9:30                  Registration / TEAS and COFFEES

9:30-9:35am            Welcome from Kirsty Cameron, Highland Council Historic Environment Team

9:35-10:00am          An HER update and a Last Word on Hut Circles in Wester Ross and Skye  -  Ian Scrivener-Lindley (HC HER officer) and Anna Welti

10:00-10:25am        Excavating a Pictish (and earlier) Barrow Cemetery at Tarradale – Eric Grant

10:25-10:50am        Archaeological Discoveries at Dalmore, Alness – Peta Glew

10:50-11:15am        In Search of Lost Inverlael – Lachlan McKeggie

11:15-11:45am       TEAS AND COFFEES

11:45am-12:10pm  Stones, Bricks and Boats: Results of the SCAPE surveys from Inverness to Culbin Sands – Anne Coombs

12:10-12:35pm        Highland Rock Art - Alan Thompson

12:35-1:00pm          Rebuilding Brora’s Salt Making Heritage – Jaquie Aitken and Penny Paterson

1:00-2:15pm            LUNCH / Poster sessions

2:15-2:40pm            The Search for a New Highland Architecture – Calum Maclean

2:40-3:05pm            Highland Hospitals Through the Ages – Jim and Steve Leslie

3:05-3:30pm            Community Heritage Facilitation and  Learning at Ardross and Kirkhill– Susan Kruse

3:30-4:00pm            Closing Remarks and Discussion

4:00-5:00                  Poster Sessions


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Treasure Trove Finds Day [IN] {A64}
8 October 2022
Starts: 09:00
Ends: 17:00

Think you have found something of archaeological significance in Scotland? This is your opportunity to show it to an expert! Emily Freeman from the Treasure Trove Unit will be holding a Finds Day to see all your archaeological finds. To ensure being seen, make an appointment by booking, but drop-ins if space permits.

Venue: Foyer at entrance to Council Chambers, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness (on the west side of the building with the glass doors). If you are driving, collect a parking permit at the desk.

Note: No appointments 1-1:30pm for lunch break.

Treasure Trove Scotland
Phone 0131 247 4025
Email treasuretrove@nms.ac.uk

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CANCELLED Children's Archaeology Trail [LO] {A1o}
8 October 2022
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:30

A treasure hunt through Fort William, themed around archaeology, for children 12 and below to partake in. Children will need adult supervision as it's walking around Fort William. The sheet for the treasure hunt can be collected from the West Highland Museum, and a prize can be collected at the end.

Free/Donations welcome.

West Highland Museum
Phone 01397 702169
Email info@westhighlandmuseum.org.uk

Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled

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Children's Archaeology Pit [RC] {A2o}
8 October 2022
Starts: 10:30
Ends: 15:00

Calling Young Archaeologists! Our Archaeology Pit has been newly refurbished, so you get hands on and have a go at digging.  You will uncover Pictish and medieval features and find lots of exciting artefacts on the way. Children must be supervised by accompanying adult. Only 3 children in the pit in each 30 minute session. Sessions can be booked online – recommended but not essential. Children and adults are welcome to visit the museum after the session.

Children must be supervised by an adult

Cost: £2 / child; Accompanying adult: £5 (up to 65 years) or £4 (65+ years).

Bookings via the booking form on our website https://www.tarbat-discovery.co.uk/booking-form-childrens-archaeology-pit

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Phone 01862 871351
Email admin@tarbat-discovery.co.uk

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CANCELLED Restoration and Revitalistion of Castletown Mill [CA] {A37b}
8 October 2022
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 16:00


Hard-hat tours of Castletown Mill [MHG1876] and talks about the restoration of this derelict 1818 grain mill and its revitalisation into a craft whisky distillery and visitor attraction.

Free / donations welcome towards restoration of the mill

Children welcome if with adult

Dogs welcome if on lead

Level 1 walk

Bookings to:

Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd
Phone 01847 598252
Email joanneh@rockrosegin.co.uk

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Myths, Mysteries and Murder Children's Event [LO] {A6b}
8 October 2022
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 15:00

We’ll dig, scrape and brush away to gather clues to solve Glencoe’s mysteries whilst learning about local legends and histories.

Venue: Glencoe Folk Museum

Cost: £3 per child

Special event for chilrden

Dogs welcome if on lead

Glencoe Folk Museum
Email learning@glencoemuseum.com

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Castle Roy Open Day [BS] {A62a}
8 October 2022
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 16:00

Guided tours of the picturesque medieval castle ruins [MHG4571] will be throughout the day.

Free / donations welcome

Children welcome

Wheelchair access on footpaths

Dogs welcome if on leads - please bring 'poo-bags'

Level 1 walk

Castle Roy Trust
Phone 07764 944742
Email chairman@castleroy.org.uk
www.castle roy.org.uk


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Clachan Church Open Day [RC] {A9b}
8 October 2022
Starts: 14:00
Ends: 16:00

Guided tour with conversation about major historic events involving Clachan church and district - Jacobites, “Hector”, Clearances. Refreshments. MHG7829

Venue: Clachan Church Lochbroom (NH 1770 8478)

Free / Donations welcome

Children welcome

Suitable for wheelchair access

Clachan Lochbroom Heritage Trust
Email clachanheritagetrust@gmail.com

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Guided tour of the WW2/Cold War/Emergency Operations Bunker, Inverness [IN] {A7d}
8 October 2022
Starts: 18:30
Ends: 21:00

Constructed in WW2 as a ‘filter room’ to process RADAR signals, the subteranean building was then used by the ROC, Health Board, During the cold-war it was hardened to provide a living environment for ‘high heid yins’ in the event of a nuclear strike on the UK.  Subsequently used by the Council as an emergency operations centre.

We offer guided tours around the building [MHG20493]. The guided tour takes around 2 hours – depending on interest and questions.  The building is underground.  Being a historic listed building it has not been possible to make it accessible to the non-ambulant.  There are about 40-50 steps to reach the lower floor.

Venue: Emergency Operations Bunker, Mackintosh Rd, Inverness IV2 3TX

Suggested Donation of £10 per person

Children welcome if with adult

Guide dogs only

Booking via www.supersaas.co.uk/schedule/bunkertour  

Behind the Radar
Phone 0845 4634633
Email info@behind-the-radar.co.uk

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