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Amateur archaeologists sought for Bennachie Project

07 March 2012

Amateur archaeologists sought for Bennachie Project

Archaeologists at the University of Aberdeen are inviting members of the public to get involved in a project to shed new light on the history of Bennachie.

Archaeologists working on the Bennachie Project, which aims to shed new light on the history of Bennachie, are inviting members of the local community to get involved. The team hope that their work, which is funded by a grant of £20,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will result in a new heritage project for the area. The archaeologists will host a series of public events during May and June 2012, which will give the public the chance to get involved in the research through activities including archaeological digs, an oral history workshop and an event offering the chance to learn the methods used for recording old buildings.

Dr Gordon Noble, Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen said: 'Whilst Bennachie is widely acknowledged as a historically and archaeologically significant location, very little work has been done in terms of detailed survey and excavation to build a picture of the archaeology that is actually present on the hill.
 
'The intent of this project is to get the community involved in our research into Bennachie, offering locals the chance to take part in a variety of events on the hill, including archaeological digs.
 
'We already work closely with voluntary conservation society, the Bailies of Bennachie, and hope to encourage other members of the local community to also get involved.
 
'The long-term aim is to equip community members with the knowledge and skills they require to do their own work into the history and heritage of their local area.'

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