Vol. 4 No. 1 April 1985
ARTICLES FOR BULLETIN
Articles of local interest are always being sought for
publication in the Bulletin and to maintain the wide spectrum of topics,
contributions from new authors are always welcome.
Contributions for the next edition to be published in
October 1985 should be forwarded to Leslie Myatt, Braal, Halkirk by
THE BADRYRIE PROJECT
In this edition we give an account of the Field Club
Badryrie project together with an article by David Miller on the area.
This article is reprinted from Vol. 2 No. 1 published in 1977 since it was
thought that members who may not have seen it would be interested to read
it in conjunction with the article on the recent project.
The symbol stones of Scotland: The Orkney Press, 1984, 254 pp., illus.,
£12.00. This is the first full length book to be published on the Picts
in the last decade and it is gratifying to see what can he published in
Orkney and the quality of work produced by the Orkney Press. Whilst most
of the previous work on the Picts has been done by archaeologists this is
the work of a social anthropologist based upon fourteen years of
systematically analysing the combinations and distribution of the Pictish
John W. Hedges:
Isbister, A chambered tomb in Orkney: BAR, 1983, 313 pp., illus., £15.00.
This is a detailed report of the excavation which was carried out in South
Ronaldsay, Orkney and produces much new evidence on the period of the
John W. Hedges:
Tomb of the eagles: John Murray, 1984, 244 pp., Illus. This is the
popular account of the above excavation for the general reader. It is well
written and can be highly recommended to anyone having an interest in the
period of the chambered tombs.
Excavations at Crosskirk Broch: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland,
Monograph Series No. 3, 187 pp., illus., £17.00. (A special discount rate
is available to members of Caithness Field Club on application to the
Secretary). This is a detailed report of the archaeological
investigations conducted between 1966 and 1972. It also provides
analytical discussion of broch origins with a number of interesting carbon
dates from the site.
THE SUMMER PROGRAMME
Below is given the proposed programme of summer outings.
Members are advised to watch for the local posters to confirm the
Sunday April 28
Have you seen the salt pans of Brora? Here is an opportunity to visit
this unique site which will be the culmination of a motor car outing
to the Brora area. This is an ideal outing for members who 1ike to
find all their places of interest within reaching distance of the car
seat. Leader, Charles Allen.
Sunday May 19
Yarrows is the richest area in antiquities in Caithness; stone rows,
chambered tombs, hill fort - you name it, it's there. This outing
unfortunately necessitates a walk over rough ground but at almost
every place you can trip over something of interest. Leader, Leslie
Sunday June 19
Good training for an attempt on Everest. The highest hill fort in
Britain is to be found 1902 feet (58Om) above sea level on the summit
of Ben Griam Beg. Although the snow cap should be melted by the summer
stout walking boots and watertight clothing is advised. Many
beautiful alpine plants should be seen. Leader, Geoffrey Leet.
Friday June 21
Why Friday? This is the summer solstice and a short rough walk in the
evening to the top of Cnoc Na Maranaich (only 500 ft) to the cairn and
standing stone. From here, weather permitting we might see the sun
setting behind a notch in the distant horizon, an event which takes
place only once a year at 10.10p.m. Midge repellant desirable.
Leader, Leslie Myatt.
On a date to be arranged it is hoped to arrange a sea trip to the
Skerries. Notorious for the number of ships which are wrecked here we
hope to land safely and see some of the remnants of previous
occupation. Leader, Gordon MacLachlan.
Sunday September 22
Broubster and West Calder. Who carved the
footprint in the rock 2000 years ago? This and many other interesting
features may be seen in this area which was the subject of a recent
Field Club survey now in the process of compilation. Strong shoes
essential. Leader, Geoffrey Leet.
Weekend Aug. 16-18
Subject to suitable demand it is hoped to arrange a weekend trip to
the Black Isle area staying at the University of Aberdeen field centre
at Tarradale House. Any members who are interested should inform the
secretary as soon as possible.