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Scottish archaeology - Volunteers sought for Tullos Hill dig

09 August 2012

Scottish archaeology - Volunteers sought for Tullos Hill dig

Amateur archaeologists are invited to join forces with professionals this summer for a 'Time Team' style dig at Tullos Hill.

Amateur archaeologists are invited to join forces with professionals this summer for a 'Time Team' style dig at Tullos Hill in Aberdeen. The hill has long been known as an important archaeological site because of the four Bronze Age burial cairns there: Cat Cairn; Baron's Cairn; Crab's Cairn; and Tullos Cairn, which are scheduled as monuments of national significance. At the other end of the historic timeline, Tullos Hill was the location of an anti-aircraft battery and later a prisoner of war camp in World War II.

A few remnants of hut bases from that era survived on the hill. For many years it was thought that landfill operations since the 1960s had destroyed any other historic remains, but a survey by archaeologists from CFA Archaeology in 2004 recorded the presence of around 150 other archaeological features, ranging in date from prehistory to World War II.

Volunteers are now being sought for another season of excavation work planned for 22 August to 4 September 2012. This will be led by Ian Suddaby of CFA and is open to anyone aged fourteen or over who is able to spend time outdoors in all weathers and would like to increase their practical knowledge of archaeology. Appropriate training will be given.

If you'd like to take part, please contact CFA Archaeology on tel: 0131 273 4380 or e-mail. For more information on the work of CFA Archaeology, visit the CFA Archaeology website.

For all the latest Scottish archaeology events and Scottish archaeology news, see each issue of History Scotland.

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