Kings Seat Community Archaeology Project
This fascinating project is a new venture in partnership between Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and AOC Archaeology to find out more about 'The Fort of the Caledonians', a hillfort situated on a prominent hill located at a major bend in the River Tay by Dunkeld. It is a citizen-science project funded by Heritage Lottery, the Gannochy Trust, and Scottish & Southern Electric Community Fund. It is an exciting opportunity for professional archaeologists to work alongside volunteers and students to archaeologically excavate the hillfort in order to better understand the impact that vegetation is having and increase knowledge of this mysterious, unstudied site.
For two weeks in September, many volunteers were working on the site under the guidance of professional archaeologists and visitors to the site including pupils from the Royal School of Dunkeld and Breadalbane Academy have been able to watch this interesting project develop. There have been many interesting finds but at the time of writing this it is to early to say anything definitive as more research needs to be undertaken off site.
However finds include moulds that may once have been used in the creation of metal objects by skilled craftspeople and querns once used for grinding grain.
The items give weight to the belief that a powerful chieftain may once have ruled from the so-called Fort of the Caledonians.
They could also help archaeologists to accurately date the habitation of the fort and begin to piece together its lifespan for the first time.
The site is now being back filled and returned to its original form as it is a scheduled monument. The next stage of the dig will take place in September 2018.
If you want to know more about this project, the Bridge will feature articles and it is intended to use the March 2018 Historical Society meeting to have an update on the initial findings from David Strachan of the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. In addition you can go to their website and read a blog about the project https://kingseatarchaeology.tumblr.com
Image: David McDougall at Kings Seat with an important Find.
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