During the Spring of 2012 and 2014 HARP worked with a local archaeological interest group in the Paphos region of Cyprus. We ran two short courses that provided an Introduction to field archaeology and allowed participants to learn more about how and why archaeology is carried out, the techniques that are used during an excavation, and gave them the opportunity to handle artefacts from local sites as well as carry out some of the techniques that they had learnt during the course to record a nearby archaeological site. The event was a great success and allowed locals to engage with their heritage in a way that they hadn't experienced before. We are hoping to run similar courses in the future.
The Archaeology of the Munros
In 2012 HARP ran a project focussing on the archaeology and heritage of Schiehallion in Perthshire. The project provided training opportunities in archaeological field survey and recording techniques to members of the public. Volunteers who helped out on the project learnt about the archaeological landscape of Schiehallion by taking part in an archaeological survey of the area. Both the known and previously unknown sites were identified and recorded. The information gathered during the survey was used to create a self-guided heritage trail, to allow visitors to the area an opportunity to learn more about Schiehallion's rich heritage.
A series of brochures were produced and a number were made available for visitors to Schiehallion. An electronic version of the brochure can be downloaded below. The project was made possible with permission from The John Muir Trust, who own East Schiehallion, assistance from Archaeology Scotland, and was part funded by Historic Environment Scotland. We are aiming to continue this project by developing more archaeological walking trails in Scotland.
HARP worked alongside Archaeology Scotland and British Waterways as part of the 'Bats, Beasties and Buried Treasure' run by the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace in June 2011. Two small trenches were excavated on the site of the old Victoria Iron Foundry, near Firhill. The foundry dates back to the middle of the 19th Century, and would have played an important role in Glasgow's Industrial heritage. The remains of a brick built structure, a wooden floor and some machinery bases were uncovered during the two day event.
Kildavie is a Community Archaeology project located on the Isle of Mull in Langamull Community woodland to the north west of Dervaig. The site dates to the 18th or 19th century, but was possibly founded much earlier. It is a deserted settlement with a number of turf covered, stone built structures. A local community group (Mull Archaeology Interest Group) has been working at Kildavie in order to find out more about it. The group surveyed the structures and have had the site accepted as part of Archaeology Scotland's Adopt-a-Monument scheme.
HARP assisted Archaeology Scotland for a number of weekends in 2011, helping the group record the structures on site. Since then we have successfully launched an excavation with the project running as a field school since September 2014. Members of the MAIG join us on site each year to be trained alongside university students in archaeological excavation and recording.