Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society - PKHT
Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society in partnership with the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. As you will may be aware we have been successful in applying for funding for a four year project on Kings Seat and we would be grateful if you could publicise it especially about the opportunity for volunteers to be involved. If you want more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The project will focus primarily on engaging local residents and school children with the archaeological and intangible heritage of King’s Seat Hillfort, Dunkeld. It is proposed to carryout a community excavation of the hillfort over three years and in the fourth year to publish the findings and incorporate the information into outreach material to provide interpretation for the local community and visitors to the site. Depending on individuals interest and needs there are a variety of ways in which people can directly engage with this project and gain a better understanding of their local heritage and King’s Seat hillfort.
Local school children will be directly engaged with the project and learn about the process of archaeological excavation and about their local heritage. The schools will be visited by an archaeologist each year, who will introduce to the project. Pupils will participate in activities designed to explain what archaeology is. Following this visit a number of both primary and secondary students will visit the community excavation and become an archaeologist for the day, where they will be trained and take part in the excavation. A follow-up visit will be made to the schools to reinforce what the pupils have learned and to answer any question pupils may have. In the fourth year of the project pupils will help design and provide content for a children’s guide/activity sheet for King’s Seat, which will accompany the Heritage Trail Interpretation Leaflet. This will engage pupils with the process of heritage interpretation and allow them to communicate what they have learned about King’s Seat hillfort to other children.
Local volunteers of all age groups will be trained and mentored by professionals and will participate in archaeological excavation and recording of the hillfort and the intangible heritage and place-name study. As well as volunteers gaining surveying experience, developing team working skills and an increased appreciation for their heritage, the results of these surveys and excavation will greatly increase knowledge of King’s Seat hillfort.
The excavation will be open to all to allow local residents and visitors to view and learn about the process of archaeological excavation. Guided site tours of the ongoing excavation will be given to visitors. The excavation will take place in September, coinciding with Scottish Archaeology Month, and will be advertised both locally and nationally and part of Perth and Kinross Archaeology Year 2017.
There is guided walk on Wednesday 13th September at 10:30.
Prebooking is essential phone Gavin Lindsay on 01738 477082
Details are available in the PKHT Archaeology year guide of events
A living history community event will take place in Dunkeld town in 2018 with the aim of celebrating community involvement in the project and communicating excavation results to the whole community, while also encouraging future engagement and participation with the project. The event will aim to communicate the finding of the project in a fun and engaging manner. It will bring the project into the heart of Dunkeld and will engage the local community with their heritage in a different way to the hillfort excavation and may appeal to members of the community who could not visit the excavation, such as people with mobility issues and families. In addition you have seen the first blue plaques going up in Dunkeld in readiness for the Royal visit last Tuesday 27th June. The remainder will go up in Dunkeld and Birnam over the next month and on Saturday 2nd September we are planning a launch event. More details to follow. However from that date two beautiful leaflets, one for Dunkeld and one for Birnam will be available which enable people to take a self guided walk around the area. The intention is to help promote Dunkeld and Birnam and try to keep people in the area for longer. Also it is opportunity for us all to learn about the fascinating area we live in.
Both projects have been put together by a small team of volunteers.
Secretary Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society
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