|N E W S F E E D S >>>|
Caithness Archaeological Trust
SUBS = £1 PER MEMBER PER MEETING, OR £1.50 PER FAMILY PER MEETING
The return of Spittal Cairn & Broch Project. Continuing on from last year's successful season, John Barber will be back in the county to build. The overall aim of the project is to relive a community project carried out by our Caithness ancestors over 6000 years ago! The project hopes to involve as much of the community as possible. Ideally, we hope that people of ALL ages and strengths will help us in every stage of the project, from collecting the stone, right through to building the cairn. Though the exact dates aren't fixed the project will begin in the last week of June and continue for about four weeks. As well as the building of the Cairns and Broch we are also planning a demolition day to take place on 8th July. A date you will want to put in your diaries.
ALSO, the Broch Project Returns. Andy Heald will be leading a group from Nottingham University to further the research of Brochs while opening up for tours and the possibility of archaeological training. This year the team will be concentrating in the North East of the County. Again the exact dates are not fixed but the project will begin in the last week of June and continue for about four weeks.
There are also possibilities of excavations at Achvarasdal & Sinclair Girnigoe.
Plans for Scottish Archaeology Month (September), Doors Open Day (9th September), & Highland Archaeology Fortnight (30/9 - 15/10) are also underway. If anyone is interested in putting on an event please contact me at the Trust.
I look forward to seeing you all this year
12 July 04
The itinerary was carefully organised by the Caithness Archaeological Trust with help from the Dunbeath Preservation Trust and the Caithness Field Club to show the visitors a cross section of sites throughout the County varying from Neolithic settlements to the remains of the archaeology of the flagstone and fishing industries in the nineteenth century. Few counties can boast of such quality and quantity of sites from pre history to the modern day in such a small area. The visits were backed up by evening lectures and discussions that included a number of people from the county. In addition the Caithness Area of the Highland Council hosted a reception at which four councillors and the acting area convenor were present. Wherever they went the warmth of welcome and hospitality they received impressed all the visitors.
David Lynn, Director of the Council for Scottish Archaeology, noted the economic benefits that the County had received from the visit and “many of us, as well as others, will return to further explore the huge wealth of archaeological and historic remains, so the benefits of archaeology to Caithness will continue and increase. It was a stunning weekend.”
Archaeologists Arriving In Caithness
9 May 03
Trust Hold Inaugural Meeting
21 May 2002
2 November 2001
There is a great deal of enthusiasm from several quarters for the development of the archaeological and historical sites in the county. The main thrust of a new trust would be to assist with the research, conservation and promotion of the sites. A steering committee will shortly be formed to prepare not only a constitution for the new trust but to lay out an initial strategy. Two meetings have been held at which many groups and individuals attended. There can be no doubting the good will and determination to get something done in this area that many feel has been neglected. The advantages to Caithness and its people could be considerable if the resources were developed and promoted more than in the past.
This section will keep everyone informed of the progress being made over
the next year or so. The solutions and results will take some time
to become evident but with a new body in place the chances are very much
improved that there will be a mechanism to apply for funding and develop
the resources that lie with the counties historical and archaeological
sites. The inclusion of the views of local people, landowners an
farmers will be a major part of what the trust looks at.