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Archaeology Scotland

Digging for gold? Or just looking. There’s a rich and vast seam of history running the length and breadth of Scotland. Many archaeological remains lie off the beaten track, waiting to be discovered, while our most valuable and famous monumental attractions stand tall, protected by the state. Why not witness history brought to life in one of our visitor centres, or go to a dig and watch history unfold before you.

activity highlights

September 2015, Scotland-wide:

Scottish Archaeology Month is a programme of free archaeological visits, lectures and activities suitable for all ages and levels of expertise which takes place each September.

April to September, West Lothian:

Cairnpapple Hill is one of mainland Scotland’s most important prehistoric sites.

April to September, Burray

Displays of local and worldwide fossils and glow in the dark minerals, vintage exhibits and old joinery tools.

Mid June - September, Birsay

Birsay is a tidal island with Pictish and Viking settlements which include some of the finest examples of Norse hall-houses so far found in Scotland.

April - October, Perthshire:

This 5* visitor and educational Centre brings the Iron Age to life.

Year-round, Orkney:

Although small by Maeshowe’s standards, the Cuween cairn is nonetheless an impressive feat of prehistoric engineering.

Year-round, Rousay:

Constructed and used between 200BC and 200AD, Midhowe Broch is perhaps the most impressive broch in the Orkney Isles.

Year-round, Orkney:

A recently rediscovered Iron Age chamber and the subject of two Time Team programmes.

Year-round, Shetland:

A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.

Year-round, Shetland:

The best preserved broch in Scotland, Mousa Broch is over 13m tall, a little short of its original height.

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