Scottish archaeology events & activities from Dig It! 2017
The Dig It! 2017 team share some hand-picked Scottish archaeology events taking place over the coming months during the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology.
If you think that archaeology is dull and dusty, we have some exciting news for you! Dig It! 2017 is the year-long celebration of Scottish and we’re here to smash these stereotypes with our bright pink trowels.
Despite what you might have seen in Time Team or Indiana Jones, archaeology is more than digging trenches and punching bad guys - and you certainly don’t need a PhD to get involved. We love that television shows and films have brought geophys and carbon dating into living rooms across the country, and now we’re taking it a step further by inviting everyone to join in.
Find a Scottish archaeology event
To help you find your perfect event during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we’ve assembled archaeology activities from organisations across Scotland and divided them into six new categories. All of these events are open to everyone and most of them are either free or inexpensive. Take your pick:
1. Adventurous archaeology
This category is perfect if you want to get up and get moving, whether you’re a lunchtime ambler or hard-core hillwalker. You can trek across a gorgeous landscape to a dig with the Glenshee Archaeology Project or chase down Picts along the Antonine Wall on World Heritage Day.
2. Delicious archaeology
If the Food Network is your favourite channel, this is the category for you. You can step into the (previously locked) kitchen door at Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum for fireside folktales or taste the past with fruit and fungi at the Scottish Crannog Centre.
3. Inspirational archaeology
These events will suit you if you’ve ever been caught doodling in your notebook or humming along to the music in your head. You can delve into exhibitions, installations, audio and performance with the NEoN Digital Arts Festival or immerse yourself in an epic Battle of the Bands as part of Scotland in Six.
4. Unscripted archaeology
If you’ve caught the Outlander bug or consider yourself to be film-buff, you’ll love the range of events in this category. You could be hunting the Redcoats at the Highland Folk Museum (which has doubled as a filming location) or enjoying historic film footage at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life.
5. Playful archaeology
For anyone who lives for the game or is still a kid at heart, this category was made for you. You can cheer for your favourite knights at Historic Environment Scotland’s jousting events or build, excavate and explore our most remote World Heritage Site in Minecraft with Crafting St Kilda.
6. Festival archaeology
If you love a fun atmosphere and a lot of variety, you can find your next event in this category – and they’re a lot kinder to your wallet than music festivals! The Perth and Kinross Archaeology Year will kick off with a sunset ceremony and hillfort excavation, and Burning the Circle on Arran will feature a prehistory-inspired performance, culminating in a fiery spectacle.
If you want to dig even deeper, over 120 additional events can be found on the Dig It! 2017 website, with hundreds to be added throughout the year. To explore the six categories and find your next archaeology event, visit the Dig It! 2017 website.
Burning the Circle - Image credit - Northlight Heritage; Cooking in the Crannog - image credit – The Scottish Crannog Centre