A walk of discovery in my own backyard

A walk of discovery in my own backyard

Earlier this year I went for a walk along a local stretch of the Fife coast, starting at the famous St Monans salt works and ending at Pittenweem. This must be one of the busiest sections of the Fife Coastal Path, and there are numerous recorded coastal heritage sites...
Sandwick, Unst

Sandwick, Unst

Excavation and reconstruction Over four seasons of excavation between 2004 and 2007, SCAPE, GUARD, the Adopt-a-Monument Scheme and the Unst community investigated an eroding mound on the beach at Sandwick on Unst – the  northernmost of the Shetland Isles. The...
Bronze Age Bressay! Cruester Burnt Mound, Shetland

Bronze Age Bressay! Cruester Burnt Mound, Shetland

Excavation, reconstruction and interpretation Burnt mounds are common sites around Shetland, often found at the coast. They’re usually large mounds of burnt stones which have been heated and then plunged into water, and are always found near a source of fresh water....
Brora saltpans

Brora saltpans

Excavation and historical research Brora on the coast of East Sutherland was once known as the industrial capital of the Highlands. It’s all thanks to the geology. A small pocket of Jurassic rocks beneath Brora contains coal, which was mined here for 400 years and...
Baile Sear, North Uist

Baile Sear, North Uist

Excavation A hurricane-force storm hit the Western Isles in 2005, and did severe damage to the sandy machair landscape of the exposed west coast. The island of Baile Sear, just off North Uist was particularly hard-hit. Stone structures exposed in the eroding coast...

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