Battle Hill – Prehistoric Landscape Project
(14th – 25th August 2017)
Battle Hill, Huntly named after a daring raid in 1307 during the Scottish Wars of Independence contains a variety of unmapped prehistoric sites including Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic scatters, a possible Iron Age hillfort and a 3000 year old upstanding hut circle as well as a potential Neolithic/Bronze Age cairn.
Hut-circles were built on what is now marginal land at a time when due to a slightly warmer climate it was possible to farm for longer and on poorer ground. As the climate worsened the houses were abandoned and gradually collapsed leaving tell-tale circular mounds 10-15 m in diameter. Avoided by subsequent farmers who built and farmed around them, the remains eventually became preserved within the forest itself. Hillforts are elite Iron Age settlements often surrounded by banks, ditches and palisades, found in prominent locations such as Battle Hill.
The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 17th season of a long-term, relaxed and open series of research and training excavations into Prehistoric Aberdeenshire and will run from the 14th to 25th August 2017. The project has to date produced over 12 publications and Murray Cook’s PhD.
For more information, or to book your place contact the Project director Murray Cook at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 17th Season of research into Aberdeenshire’s prehistoric settlement patterns. Previous seasons have explored Roman marching Camps, vitrified forts, Pictish settlement and Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic sites and cairns.
The training is relaxed and easy going and you can learn as much or as little as you want to. You will have the opportunity to excavate archaeological remains that have never been examined before.
- Project Dates: 14th to 25th August 2017
- Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland.
- Contribution: £795 UK pounds. The price includes accommodation, food and transport to and from site. (N.B. Deposit of £200 is non-refundable).
- Project type: Open to students and volunteers (minimum age accepted: 17 years old) – Places are limited so early booking is recommended.
- Accommodation: Student halls with comfortable single rooms, kitchen facilities, leisure room and showers. All meals are provided in the cost. Extras are the responsibility of the participant and trips to local stores will be available.
- Experience required: None, as professional archaeologists will always be on-site to provide guidance.
- Other activities: Trips to local archaeological/historical sites.
- What to wear: Scottish weather can change at any time. Sometimes with four seasons in one day. It is recommended that you come prepared with a range of clothing including clothes for sunny weather, cold weather and hard rain; light-weight clothing, a waterproof coat and stout boots, sun block and a hat are suggested.
The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is co-directed by Murray Cook with David Connolly and run in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.