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Out and About No.55-SAM Takeover!

Hello Reader,

We are already well into the third week of Scottish Archaeology Month! Hopefully, you have been able to enjoy some of the many things we shared and promoted last week? 

Our map is continuously getting more populated with still more heritage organisations, community groups and local museums adding their sites and events to it. You can have a search at and add your listing, here to be a part of this participatory work in progress - and let people know, who and where you are! 

Last week, we followed much the same pattern as during the first week. On Tuesday, we shared another one of “our own” projects, namely the Stobs Camp Project, which expanded into the ‘Stobs Week’. The Stobs Camp is located south of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. An important First World War site, the project focusses on this period; before, during and after the Great War. You can read much much more about it on the project’s own website, and visit the online exhibition, Behind the Wire, which you can read more about below. For this year’s Scottish Archaeology Month, several videos were created and released on Tuesday, including a guided walking tour with the head of the project, Andy Jepson, which you can watch here Through this link, you can also find three conference videos about the Stobs Camp, as well as information about the Stobs Camp book, which is now available to buy from our website. Last but not least, the Stobs Camp Heritage Trail App was featured in our Saturday app’s focus. 

Apart from the Stobs Camp ‘takeover’, we shared some more great learning resources, that are all accessible through the Heritage Resources Portal and shared some stories from the Heritage Hero Awards. 

On Friday, we continued our focus on local heritage projects and community groups, including Kilwinning Heritage, who hosted a virtual guided tour of Kilwinning Abbey Tower for Doors Open Days, Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society, who unfortunately have had to out their dig at Cammo Estate on hold due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, Friends of Hermitage Park, who have produced a video for Doors Open DaysAbertay Historical SocietyBiggar Archaeology Group and Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, who have also produced a virtual tour of the kirk.

On Saturday, we posted another couple of heritage trails and apps to get you out and about exploring on your own! Queen Mary’s Mount takes you on a walk near Carberry exploring the site of the armed confrontation that effectively ended the reign of Mary Queen of Scots on 15 June 1567. The Chatelherault to Lowe Parks Heritage Trail app guides you on a walk between Chatelherault Country Park, home of the Duke of Hamilton’s 18th Century Hunting Lodge, and Low Parks Museum. And Historic Environment Scotland’s Caerlaverock Castle Quest app takes you back to 1312 and bring to life characters from the household in their augmented reality (AR) game. 

For a bit of relaxation and good reads, we can recommend listening to the National Trust for Scotland’s For the Love of Scotland app, first episode featuring the Head of Archaeology, Derek Alexander, “Scotland’s Indiana Jones”. For more about the NTS’ archaeological work, you can read about the new partnership project with The Glenlivet to uncover Scotland’s illicit whisky past. Another good podcast is the University of Aberdeen Museums’ episode on life in Aberdeenshire 4000 years ago, and if you are looking for more at-home activities, you needn’t go further than scrolling down their archaeology activity page for interesting talks, an online exhibition, videos, and games, colouring sheets and an online jigsaw! If you are in for some more reading, we strongly recommend getting your hands on the book Hillforts of the Tay by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, which tells the stories of Moncreiffe Hill and Castle Law in Abernethy, and the importance of the community archaeology project in carrying out the investigations. 

You can still win a one-year membership by participating in our weekly quiz on Instagram or by sending in your best photos of Scottish heritage sites to the Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition. You can read more about some of the featured Scottish sites on our Facebook and Twitter on Saturdays and Instagram on Mondays. 

Tomorrow, Thursday the 17th, we will have a focus on creative ways of working with the past, sharing videos from people with different creative projects. And at 4 pm, we are delighted to be hosting a live talk by author Thomas Legendre, ‘Creative Archaeology – Finding the Present in the Past’, on the use of archaeology in fictional writing with a focus on his latest book Keeping Time, which takes the reader through the pre-historic landscapes of Kilmartin Glen. The talk will be held on Zoom, it’s free but to get the link, you need to book your ticket through Eventbrite

For more entertainment, most of the online content from the East Lothian Online Heritage Festival is still available and Doors Open Days are well underway with lots of online content as well. Today, the National Museum of Scotland is celebrating #AskACurator day on Twitter and Facebook with medievalist Adrián Maldonado, so if you have any questions lingering about the Picts and the Vikings in Scotland, now is your chance! Also, the ‘Rediscovering the Antonine Wall’ project is answering questions about the Wall every day in their #AskMarcus campaign, likewise on Twitter and Facebook. The Bailies of Bennachie are releasing presentations on the 19th Century Bennachie Colonists in Aberdeenshire every week through SAM, as well as blog posts about their digs. 

There is plenty to enjoy!


Please be sure to keep up to date and follow the recommendations provided by the NHS regarding the Coronavirus here.

Please do let us know if your group is organising any event or has news we can share.  

PLEASE NOTE: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our office will be closed for the foreseeable future. Staff will be working from home and contactable via email.

Thank You.

Scottish Archaeology Month is about promoting and celebrating the invaluable work of Scottish heritage organisations, big and small, and that is what you will see this September. On Mondays, we will focus on museums of all shapes and sizes. On Fridays, community groups and volunteer-led projects will be in the spotlight. Some will open their doors virtually, providing access to online exhibitions. Others have prepared digital showcases of traditional skills, guided walks, storytelling, re-enactments, and much more. And, as always, some you can visit in person. On Saturdays, we will focus on activities, so you can get out and about on your own, exploring and creating. Digital apps are the new black in the heritage world; they can help you discover the history all around you, lead you on self-guided walks and tell you the hidden stories of the sites you are visiting – all in your own time and at your own pace! 

Maybe you will be inspired to get involved in your local area? 

We also hope you’ll be inspired to get out and participate in the annual international photographic competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, organised by the Wikipedia community and local Wikimedia affiliates. There is a one-year membership to Archaeology Scotland at stake for the Scottish winner! If you are more into facts than photography, you can also win a membership by participating our weekly quiz on Instagram. 

Just hearing about Scottish Archaeology Month? You can still take part by sending your content or event to, or keep an eye on our website and social media for an exciting new way for you to sign up, when Scottish Archaeology Month launches on Tuesday the 1st of September. 

What's On!

Online event, Bailies of Bennachie's Scottish Archaeology Month, All September- Videos with commentary, telling the story of the Bennachie Colony, a 19th-century crofting settlement on the slopes of Aberdeenshire's well-known landmark. Presenting new evidence resulting from archaeological and archival research undertaken in a joint project by the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen. Showing how standard research practice can benefit community heritage initiatives. A new video will be released each week, here.

Online event, Live talk with Thomas Legendre, 17th September, 4pm-5.30pm- In this free online event, Thomas Legendre will discuss how prehistoric landscapes, as well as archaeology itself, can be understood imaginatively and "actively" without losing sight of key details, evidence, and established features of archaeological sites. We'll journey to Kilmartin Glen to explore the recreative process in both fact and fiction. There will be a short reading from Keeping Time, a bit of music, and plenty of time for questions and discussion. More information and tickets here.

Online event, Beneath the Thorntree: Remembering the Battle of Prestonpans, 19th September, 8pm- Join this online special cultural gala marking 275 years since the Battle of Prestonpans. Featuring music, poetry and song and led by a cast of locals and supporters, filmed on location at Prestongrange Church and around the battlefield, highlights the battle’s cultural legacy whilst revealing some of the ways the local community was impacted by the momentous events of 1745. Watch the event live here.

Activity and Exhibition Day, Battle of Prestonpans, Prestonpans Town Hall, 20th September, 12-4pm- Meet soldiers of the rival armies and discover what life was like for those who fought at the Battle of Prestonpans 275 years ago. Imagine how the battle might have looked by examining our 5,000 paper soldiers, whilst learning about each clan and regiment. With special activities and presentations, this will be a fun and informative day. More information here.

Online event, Battle of Prestonpans 275 Anniversary, 21th September, 11.55am-12.30pm- Join online to mark the 275 years since the Battle of Prestonpans with a service of commemoration live from the battlefield. We will pause to remember the sacrifices of those who have fallen in the conflicts of the past. Watch the event live here.

Online event, Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership: Live talk, 23th September, 7.30pm-9pm- Join local experts Anna Campbell & John Picken as they take us through the fascinating history of this abandoned 19th-century lead mine in Galloway. Scotland's only example of an industrial ghost town presents a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked here. This is an online event, free and open to all. Book here.

Online event, Archaeology Scotland: Archaeological Research in Progress Conference, 24th September- ARP is the annual national conference providing up-to-date accounts of archaeological research across Scotland. The conference is organised jointly between Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. This year’s conference was held as a digital event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos from this year's content will be re-released for this SAM event, here.

Guided walk, Stirling’s City Walls, 24th September, 12-2pm- Explore the best-preserved city walls in Scotland. Duration two hours, some rough ground wear appropriate clothes. Booking essential, contact Murray Cook

Guided walk, Old Melrose Guided Walks 2020, 5th October, 1.30pm- Join a guided walk through 2,000 years of history in Melrose, including the site of the Anglo-Saxon Monastery. Booking essential, please phone 01835 822 823 to secure your place. When your place has been confirmed, please meet promptly at Old Melrose Tearoom. Suggested donation of £2, kids go free. Dogs on leads are welcome on the walk.

There are many more events on our map and new events, online contents and places to discover and visit are continuously added, so check in at
Be sure to look out in your inbox for weekly updates from the SAM crew as they take over the Out and About eNewsletter for the month of September!

Stobs Camp Project: Behind the Wire

We are very pleased to put our exhibition ‘Behind the Wire’ online for everyone to enjoy. Our initial plan was to wait until all public venues had finished their showings – but then COVID-19 came along and led to the closure of museums, libraries and other public spaces. In this difficult time, it is all the more important that all of us have access to culture and heritage.

If anything, the current lockdown has shown how relevant it is to study First World War internment. Many people worldwide are experiencing issues that are strikingly similar to those shown in the exhibition: enforced social disconnection, worries about the future, boredom, anxiety, disruption of professional life. However, the exhibition also demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the depressive ‘Barbed Wire Disease’ through cultural and physical activity. This will throw a different light on everyone’s personal coping strategies in lockdown.

By browsing through the panels you will be in good company. Since November 2018 the exhibition has been seen by over 20,000 visitors in public venues across the UK, Ireland, Canada, the United States and South Africa. We hope you will now enjoy the online experience just as much as a visit to your local museum.

Click Here for the Link.

More Online Resources!

During this time take the opportunity to explores some of the amazing links! 

Learning Resources:
Archaeology Scotland Learning Resources 
Archaeology Scotland Heritage Resource Portal
HES Learning Resources
HES Teaching Resources 
Heritage at Home
Gaelic Resources

Glasgow Museum Collections
Museum of London Collections
Portable Antiques Scheme
British Museum Digital Resources
Bowes Museum
Gosport Gallery
The Royal Green Jacket Museum
SeaCity Museum
Royal Museums Greewich
Field Museum
The Peace Museum
Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life Virtual Tour
National Archaeological Museum of Naples Virtual Tour

Going for your daily exercise along the Antonine Wall? (please follow NHS guidelines and do not go in large groups or  with anyone outside individuals you currently reside with) Check out this app! Click Here!
Do you know of other resources not on this list? Contact us here!

National Museums of Scotland Blog
Archaeology Scotland Heritage Resources Blog
Gear and Graith Blog- Gear & Graith is dedicated to exploring different aspects of Daily Life during the Viking Age.
History Scotland-Hidden Histories
Archaeology Podcast Network
Archaeosoup Productions
Northern Picts Podcast- a podcast by Gordon Noble

Other Digital Resources:
Mapping History
National Library of Scotland Maps 
Past Map
Scotland's Rural Past
The National Collection of Aerial Photography
Britain from Above
British Library Digitised Manuscripts 
Glasgow Science Centre
Virtual Shipwreck Trails-Historic England
Gear and Graith Facebook
A Guide to Climate Change Impacts 
Scottish Rock Art Project

Best  Archaeology TV Series, Films, and Documentaries-an opinion article by Maiya Pina-Dacier  with DigVentures. 

Heritage Hero Awards at Home!

     We've had a few queries regarding our Heritage Hero Awards this week, asking whether classes and family groups can work on the Awards remotely. The answer is yes - we think its important to keep celebrating the successes and achievement of young people in these uncertain times.

     There are lots of ways our Heritage Hero Awards can be completed safely at home. Why not find out more about your local history - creating heritage trail and map of your local area? Study the history of your own home or the view from your window -  creating a wall display to show others what you've learned? Find out more about your favourite castle - creating a model of it with materials you can find at home. You could also use a digital platform to share what you've learned with others - FaceTime your friends to show them your creations or make a TikTok or YouTube video and send it in to us. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post landing next week with more ideas for making the awards work remotely!

     We have PDF awards workbooks we can email you to record your activities. These are completely optional but might be helpful for parents and guardians who are unfamiliar with wider achievement awards.  Archaeology Scotlands Heritage Resources Portal is also bursting with resources to help with Awards projects.


More information, including the Heritage Hero Awards Handbook and some inspiring case studies are available on our webpage here. 

For more details, advice and support please contact Becca

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