2017 is the Scottish theme Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and here at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust we joined in this celebration of Scotland's heritage with an extra special programme of vibrant, engaging and informative events.
The seven month programme spanned from the beginning of April to the end of October and was official launched with an exciting sunset ceremony on Saturday 22 April.
The launch began with a torch-lit procession through the atmospherically lit woodland of Moncreiffe hill up to the hillfort of Moredun top where local singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean lit a ceremonial flame & performed. Internationally acclaimed trombonist John Kenny offered a truly unique insight into the sounds of the past, demonstrating the tonal range and power of the prehistoric Carnyx horn. What a sound to hear echoing across the ramparts of a lat prehistoric hillfort! The evening was rounded up with a careful blend of past with present technology thanks to the team from SmartHistory. Their fantastic virtual reconstruction of Moredun top hillfort was made available for participants to view on the hilltop through a series of virtual reality photo-sphere stations- a truly immersive experience.
New guided walks were on offer taking in some of the county’s lesser-explored archaeological sites. There were lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty and experience the past at the trowel’s edge with four excavations to sign-up and take part in. The first was Tay Landscape Partnership’s month-long dig on Moredun Top in April. The sixth and final season of excavations on the Pictish longhouses at Lair, Glenshee ran for two weeks in June and then there was the dig on Castle Law hillfort Abernethy in May. September witnessed the first ever excavation of King's Seat hillfort, Dunkeld where some very exciting discoveries were made - check out the project page.
There are lots of ways to explore Perthshire’s past so get stuck in and discover!