With the colder weather and darker evenings drawing in, many of us will be missing the warm and welcoming talks hosted by local historical societies over the winter months. Here at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust we look forward to this time of year when we get out and about visiting communities up and down the region to deliver talks on a range of archaeological topics as part of these programmes. Sadly, the pandemic has emptied our talk diary, so instead, we’ve recorded a presentation which you can watch online and released a new booklet to read at home.
One to Watch
So boil the kettle, pull your favourite armchair up to the computer and join us for a journey through 10,000 years of Perth and Kinross’s human story from Mesolithic to Modern. There’s a lot of archaeology to pack in so our whistle-stop tour focuses on the key themes and narratives from each period as highlighted through our current project to develop a Perth and Kinross (regional) Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF). The presentation has been produced near the end of the second year of this exciting project so begins with a background summary and progress update on the work undertaken so far. After returning from your journey through time the presentation concludes with a short discussion on the five overarching themes that are emerging from the Framework. These represent common priorities across all periods which we hope future archaeological research can assist in addressing to give us a better understanding of human activity across the region through time.
You don’t need to buy a ticket or put a date in the diary, you can watch for free at any time either by visiting www.pkht.org.uk/pkarf or via the Trust’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/PKHeritageTrust.
A Great Wee Read
Published in an eye catching, extensively illustrated and accessible format, Hillforts of the Tay is the Trust’s latest release and we’re very excited about it. The booklet presents the findings from the major community archaeology project investigating the little understood hillforts on Moncreiffe Hill, and at Castle Law between 2014-2018 as part of the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme. It tells the story of the archaeological work undertaken and the starring role members of the local community played in making the project happen.
The booklet is packed with interesting details, examining the structures uncovered and the artefacts found during excavation, including the beautiful Moredun Bronze Pin – a miniature masterpiece of early Celtic art. It also discusses aspects of the construction, use and abandonment of each of the hillforts over 2,000 years ago, before bringing the different strands of evidence together alongside information on the Iron Age environment and landscape to paint a picture of the sites in their wider, natural context. The immersive Virtual Reality modelling by Smart History, University of St Andrews
and the beautiful interpretative reconstructive illustrations produced by Chris Mitchell provide a captivating visual culmination to the work.
Copies are on sale for £5 from the Trust’s publications page: www.pkht.org.uk/publications. As we are mostly working from home, please allow plenty of time for us to process and ship your order if you’d like it to arrive in time for Christmas. If you are interested in hearing about all the other projects we’ve been working on this year then our annual report is packed with all the latest and is available to view and download from our website.
Wishing you the very best of health this Winter from all the team at PKHT.