Recent News


On this page, you can find information on recent archaeological discoveries, ongoing fieldwork, changes to the Archaeology Service, and events or conferences. If you would like to share the results of your research with the wider archaeological community, please contact us!

  • 23.05.17 - Community Excavation at Inchinnan
    Today sees the start of a programme of community archaeology at the site of All Hallows Church, Inchinnan, carried out by members of the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group and Dr Heather James of Calluna Archaeology. Work will be taking place on site until the 29th of June.
  • 10.05.17 - Multi-phase Occupation at Succoth
    Fieldwork has recently been completed on the excavation of a multi-phase site at Succoth, in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. Find out more here.
  • 08.03.17 - Cochno Stone Talk Dr Kenny Brophy of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow will be giving a talk on the project to uncover and record the Cochno Stone on Thursday the 9th of March. The talk will start at 6:30pm in the Main Hall, Skypoint, Faifley.
  • 08.03.17 - All Hallows, Inchinnan - Project Launch
    The Inchinnan Historical Interest Group (IHIG) is holding an event at Inchinnan Parish Church on the 18th of March to launch their new project, '597AD St Conval to All Hallows-1420 Years and Counting'. Details are available here.
  • 25.01.17 - The Camera Sometimes Lies!
    Find out more about the disappearing rock art of Balmaha.
  • 24.01.17 - Cross-head found at Iona
    We reported last year that work conducted by Argyll Archaeology Ltd in relation to the erection of an extension to Iona Primary School had identified a possible Iron Age ditch. Now monitoring conducted during construction of a soakaway for the school has uncovered what appears to be a fragment of an intricately-carved fan-headed cross, pictured here. This fragment was found in the topsoil.
  • 24.01.17 - Polished Stone Axe found at Girvan
    A small polished stone axe was found during archaeological works carried out by staff from GUARD Archaeology Ltd during works to expand storage at the Grant's Distillery site outside Girvan. The axe, pictured here, was found in the fill of a burnt mound. This is somewhat surprising, as burnt mounds are typically not rich in artefacts.
  • 04.11.16 - Prehistoric Occupation at Dersalloch
    Monitoring work during construction of a wind farm in South Ayrshire has identified evidence for occupation during the prehistoric period. Find out more here.
  • 27.10.16 - SCAPE / NAS conference; Glasgow November 5th - 6th
    A two-day international conference presenting new research in coastal and maritime archaeology from around the world will be held in Glasgow on the 5th and 6th of November. Details of this conference, organised by the SCAPE Trust and the Nautical Archaeology Society can be downloaded here.
  • 13.09.16 - Cochno Stone Exposed
    A selection of site photos of the ongoing work to expose and record the Cochno Stone in West Dunbartonshire can be viewed here.
  • 02.09.16 - Revealing the Cochno Stone
    The Cochno Stone, West Dunbartonshire, is one of the most extensive and remarkable prehistoric rock-art panels in Britain. It was buried in 1965 to protect it from vandalism associated with visitors and encroaching urbanisation. A proposal has been developed to uncover the Stone, and 3D scan it, to allow detailed study of the stone, and an exact replica to be created and placed in the landscape near the original site. Further details can be found here.
  • 01.09.16 - Volunteers Sought to Build Medieval Tile Kiln
    Volunteers are being sought to help build a Medieval Tile Kiln at Chatelherault Country Park this Autumn. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership Heritage team is looking for volunteers interested in getting involved in building and firing a Medieval Tile Kiln. Further details can be found here.
  • 20.08.16 - Antonine Wall Exposed
    Work has been conducted on a section of the Antonine Wall in Golden Hill Park, Duntocher, to make the composition of the monument more visible to the public. Further details can be found here.
  • 19.08.16 - Lanark Library to host Mapping the Past Exhibition and Guide Launch
    Members of the public are invited to attend the free 'Mapping the Past' pop-up exhibition and guide launch, which will take place on Monday 12 September, at Lanark Library. The exhibition and guide explores the unique cartographic heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley and a 2000 year history of mapping in Scotland, including connections to the Father of Modern Mapping, Carluke-born Major-General William Roy, and local sites of interest, such as the area's trig pillars. Further details about this and other projects can be found on the website of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.
  • 15.08.16 - OSL produces unexpected dates in South Ayrshire
    Optically stimulated luminescence dating has been used to obtain a date from a sample taken during fieldwork conducted in South Ayrshire, with surprising results. Further details can be found here.
  • 14.08.16 - Further Details from Iona
    Two weeks ago, we reported that a feature had been found during development work at the Primary School on Iona that appeared to represent a previously-unrecorded section of the vallum associated with the medieval monastery. Ongoing work by Dr Clare Ellis of Argyll Archaeology Ltd suggests that the feature may be even more interesting, and considerably earlier, than her initial interpretation suggested. In our initial item, it was reported that a ditch and stone revetment had been identified, with the ditch having been cut into a deposit containing numerous stone artefacts of prehistoric date. This was initially interpreted as the remains of a buried prehistoric soil. However, as work has progressed, this interpretation has been revised, and it now appears that the revetted ditch represents a small recut of a much more substantial ditch of possible Iron Age date. The base of this feature was not reached during the course of the work, but this earlier ditch appears to be over 2m deep and 4m in wide. While it remains possible that the smaller ditch initially reported could represent an element of the monastic enclosure, as the construction style is similar to that recorded elsewhere, it raises questions about whether this could in itself have been a re-use of a much earlier system of land division.
  • 12.08.16 - Weave Parkhead Exhibition
    A free exhibition of the Weave Parkhead! textile panels will be held at Imageo Gallery, 1422 Gallowgate in Parkhead from 20th - 25th of August. There will be a drop-in session on Saturday 20th, when visitors can pop by anytime between 10am - 4pm to chat to the artists and sample the cakes and refreshments. The gallery will also be open through the week from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th (10am-4pm). Weave Parkhead! is a collaboration between schools, community groups, weavers and archaeologists to create a series of four woven panels celebrating the history and heritage of Parkhead. The project is being delivered as part of the Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative. This exclusive exhibition will be the first opportunity to see the panels before they are due to be installed in their new home in the former Parkhead Primary School in 2017. The panels feature the work of four Glasgow-based textile artists and designers - Shielagh Tacey, Bespoke Atelier, Angharad McLaren, and Lauren Day. Working with Northlight Heritage and the local community, the artists drew on the history and heritage of the Parkhead area to create four beautiful and unique designs. The exhibition poster can be downloaded here.
  • 09.08.16 - Castle Semple Cascades Refurbished
    The series of ornamental cascades at Castle Semple have been subject to a programme of repairand refurbishment. Find out more.
  • 08.08.16 - Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology Conference 2016
    The programme for the Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology Conference 2016 has been released. Details can be found here.
  • 01.08.16 - The Archaeology of the M74
    The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland has issued the final publication of the results of the programme of archaeological work carried out in advance of construction of the final section of the M74 motorway through Glasgow. Details can be found here.
  • 28.07.16 - Medieval Pottery found at Dalrymple
    Evaluation trenching at Dalrymple in East Ayrshire has identified medieval pottery from close to the Parish Church. Find out more.
  • 25.07.16 - Iona Vallum Found?
    Work conducted at Iona Primary School may have identified a previously-unknown section of the monastic vallum. Find out more.
  • 07.07.16 - Cumnock Castle Moat Confirmed
    Two phases of fieldwork have been completed in advance of construction of houses on part of the former site of Cumnock Castle. Find out more.
  • 07.07.16 - Laser Scans of Rock Art Panel
    A laser scan survey has been conducted on a rock-art panel in Argyll. Find out more.
  • 30.06.16 - Celebrating the 880th Anniversary of the Consecration of Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow's Early History
    The 7th July 2016 is the 880th anniversary of the consecration of Glasgow Cathedral, which is an important milestone in the Cathedral's history. This laid the foundations for the development of Glasgow into a burgh, which grew from a small cathedral city to a major trading city, the 2nd City of the empire, and the city of today. To mark this auspicious occasion and to share the wonderful story which is our early history, Glasgow Life is holding an informal seminar event which will tell the story of Glasgow Cathedral and the City's early history. There is always more to be revealed and as part of the day's programme, Hugh McBrien of the West of Scotland Archaeology Service will speak about the recent discoveries at the site of Partick Castle. Glasgow Life will also be able to offer an additional activity in the form of a walk through time along the High Street, the spine of the medieval city. The programme of speakers can be downloaded here. To book your place, please email:; or telephone 0141 287 2999. You should confirm whether you wish to attend the talk series and/or the tour
  • 24.05.16 - Dripps Mill Lade
    Monitoring conducted during Scottish Water works at Glasgow Road, Waterfoot, has confirmed the presence of an infilled channel associated with the water management system for Dripps Mill. Find out more.
  • 20.05.16 - Clyde Navigation Token Found
    A halfpenny ticket Clyde Navigation Token has been found during refurbishment work on the Albert Bridge. Find out more.
  • 05.05.16 - Research Excavation at The Knock Vitrified Hillfort
    From the 7th to the 14th of May, archaeologists from the Universities of York and Stirling will be carrying out an excavation at The Knock hillfort, overlooking Largs (WoSAS Pin 5864). This work will be carried out as part of the Scottish Iron Age Vitrified Hillforts Project. Details can be found on the Project's Twitter feed, or project website.
  • 04.05.16 - Possible Cup-Markings Identified During Forestry Planting
    Two groups of previously-unrecorded cup-markings have been reported from Barmolloch, in Argyll. Find out more.
  • 13.04.16 - Buchanan Tunnel
    A record of a 19th century railway tunnel that is proposed for partial infilling as part of regeneration works. Find out more.
  • 07.04.16 - Excavations in the core of medieval Irvine

    As was reported on this website in November 2013, extensive excavations were carried out in the core of Irvine in advance of construction of a new leisure centre. North Ayrshire Council have now added a range of photographs of this work to their flickr feed - these can be viewed here.

  • 31.03.16 - West Dunbartonshire Council to remain in WoSAS

    We are pleased to announce that almost two years after serving Notice of Withdrawal from the West of Scotland Archaeology Service at the end of this month, West Dunbartonshire Council have written to our Joint Committee to say that they have reviewed their position and have reversed their decision to withdraw.

    Following this welcome decision, we will now be able to continue maintaining and updating West Dunbartonshire's Historic Environment Record, and to provide information and advice on the rich cultural heritage sites within the Council's area to members of the public, and to developers, as well as to our colleagues in the council.

  • 31.03.16 - Kirknewton Hogback - Have You Seen This Stone?
    The surprising story of a missing medieval monument. Find out more.
  • 31.03.16 - Stellar, Solar, Lunar Alignments?
    Fieldwork has recently been completed in Argyll to investigate whether there was any archaeological evidence to support the suggestion that a number of monuments had been arranged according to a lunar alignment. Find out more.
  • 31.03.16 - Iona Continues to Produce Buried Remains
    Such is the archaeological sensitivity of Iona that even the most limited amount of ground disturbance has the potential to produce significant archaeological material. Find out more.
  • 18.02.16 - Partick Castle Uncovered
    Fragments of medieval and post-medieval structures have been found during development in Partick. The remains, which survived late 19th century industrial development and the creation of Partick Central railway station in 1896, are likely to be the last vestiges of the manor-house and castle of Partick which was demolished in the 1830s. Find out more.
  • 13.11.15 - Community Project Investigates Industrial Remains at Ryefield
    The Kilwinning Heritage Group has completed a project to evaluate, record, examine and interpret the remains of a 19th century Print Works and ascertain the location of an 18th century water mill building at Ryefield, on the outskirts of Dalry. Works included analysis of available written and cartographic sources, on-site survey and excavation, which combined to produce a detailed record of the development of the site over time, and of the structures that survive on the site. A copy of the interim report is available from the Kilwinning Heritage website, and can be downloaded here.
  • 21.09.15 - Cochno Stone Partially Uncovered
    A section of the Cochno Stone has been uncovered as part of a project to create a digital copy of the rock art for public display. Find out more.
  • 16.09.15 - Bronze-Age Rapier Found in South Lanarkshire
    A Middle Bronze Age rapier has been discovered by archaeologists undertaking fieldwork in advance of quarrying in South Lanarkshire. Find out more.
  • 18.08.15 - Unlock the Story of the Victoria Foundry
    A community excavation and art event will take place on the site of the Victoria Foundry in Glasgow this Saturday. Download a flyer here.
  • 29.07.15 - Spectacular New Rock Art Discovery
    A previously-unrecorded rock art panel has been reported from the hills between Barrhead and Paisley. Find out more.
  • 29.07.15 - The Ongoing Search for Aldton
    Fieldwork has been taking place in Newton Mearns to look for the site of the medieval village. Find out more.
  • 17.03.15 - Public Presentation on Archaeology in the Hunterston area
    A public event will be held on Wednesday the 25th of March to present to the public the results of archaeological fieldwork carried out in the Hunterston area in relation to the formation of a new converter station and substation. For details of how to reserve a place, click here
  • 06.11.14 - Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2014
    The West of Scotland Archaeology Service has received a commendation at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2014. Find out more
  • 04.08.14 - Limekiln Complex at Stewarton
    Fieldwork currently taking place in advance of development at Stewarton will create a record of an 18th-19th century lime production site. Find out more
  • 29.05.14 - Prisoner of War Camp at Dumfries House
    Monitoring during development in the grounds of Dumfries House reveals a picture of life in a POW camp. Find out more
  • 19.05.14 - Pre-Improvement Settlement at Mossend
    Fieldwork conducted in advance of development at Mossend confirms that origins of agricultural settlement pre-date the improvement period. Find out more
  • 08.04.14 - Family Open Day at Govan
    The Govan Stones Project is running a family fun day at Govan Old this Saturday. It starts at 12pm and finishes at 4pm, and there should be plenty to keep children entertained. As well as their usual guided tours, they will be serving refreshments, attempting face painting, art activities, providing a bouncy castle and there will be a visit from some of the birds of prey from the World of Wings Centre. Download a flyer here.
  • 04.04.14 - Sannox Cist Report
    In March of 2012, we reported on the discovery of two cists in a sand quarry at Sannox, on the island of Arran. The final report on these features has now been published, and is available online. Find out more.
  • 21.03.14 - Dundonald Wood
    A chamber constructed of stone slabs has been exposed during forestry works in woodland at Dundonald. Find out more
  • 27.01.14 - Wooden Trough from Inveraray
    A large worked wooden object has been found during work conducted to construct a water pipeline near Inveraray. Find out more
  • 19.12.13 - Death in Scotland Conference
    In December of last year, we reported on the discovery of a number of burials in the grounds of the former Ravenspark Hospital, which was previously the site of Cunnighame Poorhouse. As part of the 2014 'Death in Scotland' conference, Ruth Whyte of Northlight Heritage will be presenting a paper on an osteological study of the excavated remains. Full details of the conference programme can be downloaded here.
  • 30.11.13 - Radiocarbon from Renfrewshire
    In September 2012, we reported that fieldwork conducted by FIRAT Archaeological Services during work to construct an entrance garden and pavilion at the Ingliston Equestrian Centre, near Bishopton, had identified evidence for Roman activity outside the boundaries of the adjacent fort at Whitemoss. This identified a curving ditch, which in places exhibited the V-shaped profile frequently found on Roman military sites. Excavation of a number of sections across this ditch produced a fragment of samian, apparently representing part of the base of a large flat bowl or platter.
    A sample of charcoal take from the fill of this ditch was sent for radiocarbon dating, and has produced an uncalibrated date of 1789 BP (before 1950AD), plus or minus 29 years. While this would suggest a date of 161 AD, it must be remembered that due to variation in the levels of atmospheric carbon over time, it is necessary to calibrate the radiocarbon measurements of the sample to those made on material (usually tree rings) of known age. In this case, although there is a 95.4% probability of the sample dating between 133-330 AD, the highest probability (38.7%) would place it in the period 210-259 AD (calibrated). While there was still a Roman presence in Britain during this period, it falls after the abandonment of the Antonine Wall in the 160s. It does, however, fall reasonably close to 208 AD, when the Emperor Septimius Severus re-established legions at the wall and ordered repairs. This re-occupation lasted only a few years, and as the calibrated sample suggests a slightly later date, it raises the possibility that the ditch may have been excavated by Roman patrols operating to the north of Hadrian's Wall later in the 3rd century.
  • 25.11.13 - Excavation in Medieval Irvine
    Ongoing fieldwork in the centre of Irvine uncovers material associated with the medieval origins of the town. Find out more
  • 23.09.13 - The Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme (SNAPS)
    The SNAPs project, which is run by the West Lothian Archaeological Trust, seeks to promote the use of low-level aerial photography for archaeological discovery and recording. The project has a number of kits available to donate for free to groups interested in learning about and using this technique, the results of which can be seen in various previous news items on this page. So far, almost 70 aerial camera kits have been donated, but the team still have more available. Preference is given to those who work routinely with young people (Primary school to college student) in an archaeology or heritage context in Scotland and whose activities are published online. West Lothian schools, and Scottish national bodies, with wider interests (eg environment / landscape) will be considered too. Visit the project webpage for more information
  • 30.08.13 - North Clyde Archaeological Society Programme of Events 2013-2014
    Click here to download details of the programme of lectures and excursions organised by the North Clyde Archaeological Society over the Autumn and Winter of 2013 and Spring of 2014.
  • 05.08.13 - Aerial Views of Mull
    Forestry Commission Scotland commission aerial views of various sites on Mull to enhance the historic environment record of the island. Find out more
  • 01.08.13 - Further Photos of Double-Ditched Enclosure at Winchburgh
    Further photos of the enclosure at Winchburgh under excavation. Find out more
  • 18.07.13 - Helensburgh History Hut
    Find out more about a display of objects found during a community project to investigate the former Helensburgh town dump.
  • 28.06.13 - Evaluation Confirms Presence of Enclosure at Winchburgh
    Evaluation trenching undertaken in April has confirmed the presence of a site identified as a crop mark on aerial photographs. Find out more
  • 17.05.13 - Prehistoric Features Found on Islay
    Monitoring during construction of a house on Islay has identified both prehistoric and medieval features. Find out more
  • 15.05.13 - Previously Unrecorded Burial Cairn Identified
    A walkover survey undertaken in relation to a proposed hydro-electricity generation scheme has identified what appears to be a previously unrecorded prehistoric burial monument. Find out more
  • 03.05.13 - Hidden Heritage Excavation Sites Announced
    A community archaeology project looking at the history of the isthmus between Arrochar and Tarbet, on the shores of Loch Lomond, will be undertaking a programme of excavations over the next four weeks. Find out more
  • 24.04.13 - Radiocarbon Dates from Dunstaffnage
    Samples taken during an excavation at Dunstaffnage in 2010 have produced radiocarbon dates that illustrate two distinct periods of activity on the site. Find out more
  • 11.03.13 - Multi-Phase Prehistoric Settlement at Girvan
    Ongoing work at Grants Distillery at Girvan confirms that this area is rich in prehistoric archaeology. Find out more
  • 21.02.13 - Monitoring Confirms Continuation of Settlement Ditches
    A watching brief carried out during construction of wind turbines in South Lanarkshire has confirmed the survival of a sequence of ditches surrounding a probable prehistoric settlement site. Find out more
  • 15.02.13 - Continuity of Occupation at Easton Farm
    Monitoring conducted during construction of a wind turbine suggests farm may have been occupied from the medieval period onwards. Find out more
  • 01.02.13 - Norse Artefacts from Iona
    A community excavation on Iona has recovered artefacts illustrating Norse contact with the island. Find out more
  • 22.01.13 - Architectural Fragments of Possible Medieval Hall
    Building survey identifies possible traces of early estate centre. Find out more
  • 09.01.13 - Cast iron cornicing found in former foundry
    Find out more about a project to record and recover an unusual fragment of architectural and industrial history.
  • 14.12.12 - Burials at Ravenspark
    Update on press report of mass grave found at former site of Ravenspark Hospital, Irvine. Find out more.
  • 09.12.12 - Bronze-Age Kiln at Kames
    Radiocarbon dating has been undertaken on a sample of material identified during a watching brief at Kames. Find out more.
  • 27.11.12 - Unexpected Radiocarbon Results from Ayr
    Post-excavation analysis of samples taken during an excavation at Corton, near Ayr, have produced unexpected results. Find out more.
  • 02.11.12 - Trial Excavation at Pickan's Dyke
    Trial excavation has recently taken place at Pickan's Dyke, Dalmellington. Find out more.
  • 23.10.12 - Prehistoric Settlement at Barassie
    Following on from an initial evaluation conducted in 2008, a second phase of fieldwork has identified evidence for prehistoric occupation at Barassie, near Troon. Find out more.
  • 10.10.12 - Rutherglen Royalty Stones
    A local heritage group has completed a survey to identify and record a series of stones defining the boundary of the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen. Find out more.
  • 05.10.12 - Sannox Cist Report
    Report received on the rescue excavation of two cists identified in a sand quarry at Sannox, Isle of Arran. Find out more.
  • 18.09.12 - Romans in Renfrewshire
    Monitoring during development at Ingliston has identified material associated with Roman occupation outside the boundaries of the fort. Find out more.
  • 14.09.12 - West Lothian History and Heritage Day
    Download details of the West Lothian History and Heritage Day - Download Poster.
  • 27.08.12 - Flint Javelin Head from Baliscate
    Community excavation at an early medieval chapel site finds evidence for prehistoric occupation. Find out more.
  • 13.08.12 - A Property Dispute Set in Stone
    Recent survey work in West Dunbartonshire has identified a series of stones commemorating a 19th century property dispute. Find out more.
  • 10.08.12 - Recent Work at Howden House
    Archaeological test-pitting may have identified evidence for an earlier structure on the site of Howden House, Livingston. Find out more.
  • 12.07.12 - Cup Marks in Cowal
    Recent survey work has identified several new cup-marked rocks in Argyll. Find out more.
  • 22.06.12 - Hut Circles on Lurg Moor
    A number of new sites have been identified from Lurg Moor, above Greenock. Find out more.
  • 18.06.12 - Former Service Manager Honoured
    Dr Carol Swanson, manager of the West of Scotland Archaeology Service from its formation until her retirement in June of last year, has been awarded an MBE for services to Archaeology in Scotland in the Queen's birthday honours list. We would like to congratulate Carol on this thoroughly-deserved award, and thank her for her years of dedicated work.
  • 13.06.12 - Possible Evidence for Kirkton at Straiton
    Monitoring work has identified evidence for possible early occupation associated with Straiton Parish Church. Find out more.
  • 27.05.12 - Aerial Photograph from Dunbeg
    View an aerial photograph of features under excavation at Dunbeg. See the picture.
  • 18.05.12 - Enigmatic Circular Feature Found in Alexandria
    An enigmatic circular feature has been identified during ongoing fieldwork in Alexandria. Find out more.
  • 15.05.12 - A Brand-New Stone Circle
    A new stone circle has been found at Kings House, near Balquhidder, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. However, all is not as it seems - Find out more.
  • 14.05.12 - Iron Age Irvine
    Monitoring work conducted during construction of a wind turbine at the GlaxoSmithKline factory near Irvine has identified evidence of Iron Age settlement. Find out more.
  • 02.05.12 - Roundhouses at Dunbeg
    A second phase of archaeological fieldwork at Dunbeg has identified evidence of a Bronze Age village at Dunbeg. Find out more.
  • 16.04.12 - Repairs to Catrine Weir and Voes
    Archaeological monitoring has been completed on emergency repair works to repair the scheduled water management system associated with the former Ballochmyle Cotton Works. Find out more.
  • 04.04.12 - Kildalloig Radiocarbon Results
    Following on from a previous report on material found during monitoring on construction of a hydro scheme at Kildalloig, Kintyre, the results of post-excavation processing have now been received. Find out more.
  • 20.03.12 - Cist Uncovered at Sannox
    Natural erosion on the edge of a sand quarry at Sannox on Arran has exposed a cist containing a well-preserved pottery vessel. Find out more.
  • 19.03.12 - Stevenson Institute, Largs
    Monitoring work is currently taking place during the demolition of the Stevenson Institute in Largs. Find out more.
  • 01.03.12 - Possible Prehistoric Pit
    Evaluation trenching in Newton Mearns has identified a feature possibly associated with the prehistoric occupation of the area. Find out more.
  • 16.02.12 - Quern Found in Darroch Burial Vault
    A report has been received of a quern having been identified within a burial vault in Gourock. Find out more.
  • 15.02.12 - Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Conference
    On Saturday 9th June 2012, the Paisley Development Trust are having a day of activities to remember the witches executed in Paisley on the 10th June 1697, at the conclusion of the their trial. The Executions were the result of one of the last major witch trials in Scotland, and arose when Christian Shaw, the 11 year old daughter of the Laird of Bargarran accused the maid of taking milk without permission, and went on to accuse between 20 and 35 people of tormenting her. The day is set to be an event bringing lots of different groups together, with the focus of the day being a re-enactment of the trial and a pageant through the town. Full details are still being drawn up, but on the morning of the 9th June a conference will be held in Paisley Abbey to look at witchcraft in 16th and 17th Century Scotland, with a focus on the Bargarran Case. A copy of the flier, which includes the conference programme, can be downloaded here. The main speakers will be Professor Ted Cowan and Dr Lizanne Henderson of Glasgow University, Professor Hugh McLachlan, who has studied the Bargarran case in detail, and Stephen Clancy of the Renfrewshire Local History Forum.
  • 03.02.12 - Linlithgow Midden Uncovered by Storm
    A mixed deposit containing material dating from the medieval period to the 19th century has been exposed in Linlithgow. Find out more.
  • 04.01.12 - Bodies Found at West Kilbride Church
    Fieldwork conducted during work at the former Barony Church in West Kilbride has provided information on the graveyard associated with the earlier church on the site. Find out more.
  • 23.12.11 - Prehistory at Kettlestoun Mains
    Evaluation trenching at Kettlestoun Mains on the outskirts of Linlithgow has produced some unexpected results. Find out more.
  • 22.12.11 - Industrial Archaeology in Inverclyde
    A report has been received on monitoring work conducted during public realm works at the James Watt Dock in Greenock. Find out more.
  • 16.12.11 - Prehistoric Settlement in Larkhall
    Evaluation conducted in advance of the erection of a new superstore at Larkhall has identified evidence for occupation in the area during prehistory Find out more.
  • 25.11.11 - Bead production on Mull: possible glass working in the Iron Age
    Archaeological excavation has produced a glass bead that dates back to the Iron Age. Find out more.
  • 24.11.11 - Loch Glashan Logboat
    Lowering of the water level in Loch Glashan this summer exposed the remnants of a logboat. Find out more.
  • 23.11.11 - Excavation of a Pre-Improvement Farmstead at Duncanziemere
    Excavation has been undertaken at Duncanziemere, East Ayrshire on the site of a farmstead that pre-dates the period of agricultural improvement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Find out more.
  • 11.11.11 - Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project - Radiocarbon Dates
    A series of radiocarbon dates obtained from seven post-holes excavated during the 2010 field season of the Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project have produced some interesting results. Find out more.
  • 30.09.11 - Roundhouses and Ritual at Glenshellach
    Further news from the ongoing programme of fieldwork at Glenshellach, Oban. Find out more.
  • 22.09.11 - Scotland's Rural Past Archaeology Guide Published
    The team behind the Scotland's Rural Past Project has produced a fieldwork guide, 'A Practical Guide to Recording Archaeological Sites', which is now available. This new, illustrated guide provides comprehensive instruction on archaeological survey techniques, from getting started with fieldwork, to how to use a GPS or create a measured plan of an archaeological site. The guide is available for free and is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about the historic environment, regardless of previous experience. You can view a PDF of the guide here, and you can also learn more about some of the techniques outlined in the guide by viewing four short archaeological training videos on the Scotland's Rural Past website.
  • 20.09.11 - Kildalloig Watching Brief
    A watching brief undertaken during work to construct a micro hydro-electricity generation scheme at Kildalloig, Kintyre, has identified a number of features that appear to relate to prehistoric activity in the area. Find out more.
  • 14.09.11 - Finds from Glenshellach
    View a selection of finds from the latest phase of fieldwork at Glenshellach, Oban. Find out more.
  • 13.09.11 - Brisbane Glen Millstone
    A millstone has been identified by a member of the public during works in a garden in Brisbane Glen, Largs. Find out more.
  • 01.09.11 - Paisley Abbey Drain 2011 Season
    A third season of excavation at the Paisley Abbey drain gets under way tomorrow. Find out more about the aims of the project and the programme of work.
  • 31.08.11 - Neolithic Arrowhead Found in Medieval Abbey
    A find made during excavations conducted as part of the Kilwinning Community Archaeology Programme may shed light on the private beliefs of the monks. Find out more.
  • 26.08.11 - Russian Coin found at Lugton Water
    An unexpected chance find by a member of the public has been reported. Find out more.
  • 25.08.11 - Medieval Pottery at Lesmahagow
    Work conducted at Lesmahagow earlier this year has identified fragments of medieval pottery. Find out more.
  • 23.08.11 - 'Wallace Stone' Rediscovered
    A fragment of carved stone with links to the reputed birthplace of William Wallace has been reported. Find out more.
  • 22.08.11 - Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project 2011
    The second season of the Community Archaeology Project at Kilwinning Abbey got underway last Wednesday. Find out more about results from the first week of work.
  • 19.08.11 - Work at Whelphill
    Monitoring work during construction of the Clyde Windfarm has identified features associated with an unenclosed platform settlement. Find out more.
  • 18.08.11 - Gallowgate Barracks, Glasgow
    Work undertaken in advance of a development on Gallowgate, Glasgow, has identified the remains of the city's Napoleonic barracks. Find out more.
  • 10.08.11 - Castle Dounie Survey
    View the results of a laser scan survey undertaken on Castle Dounie, Knapdale. Find out more.
  • 05.08.11 - Prehistoric Pottery from Alexandria
    Archaeological evaluation in advance of building work in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, has identified pits containing prehistoric pottery. Find out more.
  • 08.07.11 - Monitoring at site of St Magdalene's, Linlithgow
    Archaeological monitoring has been conducted during development work close to the site of a medieval hospital dedicated to St Magdalene. Find out more.
  • 24.06.11 - Excavation Identifies James Watt's Flexible Water Main
    Fieldwork conducted in Dalmarnock on the site of the Athlete's Village for the Commonwealth Games has identified a pipeline designed by James Watt, the famour engineer and inventor. Find out more.
  • 13.06.11 - Roman Road at Crawford
    Archaeological work conducted in relation to the creation of a cable route to connect the Clyde Windfarm to the National Grid has recorded a section across a Roman Road in the area between Elvanfoot and Crawford, South Lanarkshire. Find out more.
  • 05.05.11 - Recent Sites Reported by the Public
    Recent weeks have seen a number of sites reported to WoSAS by members of the public. Sites have been identified in Argyll, East Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire by map regression, analysis of satellite imagery or direct observation. Find out more.
  • 21.04.11 - Monkton, South Ayrshire
    Evaluation trenching undertaken at Monkton, South Ayrshire, has identified the material associated with multi-period occupation on the site. Find out more.
  • 24.03.11 -Font Found at Gavinburn
    A possible Early Christian font has been identified at Gavinburn, West Dunbartonshire. Find out more.
  • 11.03.11 -Five Coins found in Port Glasgow
    Five coins have been found during the course of landscaping work in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde. Find out more.
  • 04.03.11 -Further Excavation of Cremation Cemetery at Bridge of Awe
    Following on from an intial evaluation conducted in 2008, a second phase of fieldwork has been completed on the site of a Bronze Age cremation cemetery at Bridge of Awe. Find out more.
  • 02.03.11 - Possible Prehistoric Burial at Pennyfuir
    Evaluation trenching conducted by Argyll Archaeology Ltd has identified a possible prehistoric burial at Pennyfuir, by Oban. Find out more.
  • 12.01.11 - Paisley Abbey Drain 2010 Excavation Results
    A report has been received outlining the results of the 2010 season of excavation on the medieval drain at Paisley Abbey, conducted last September by GUARD and the Renfrewshire Local History Forum. Find out more.
  • 11.01.11 - Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group website launched
    A new website has been launched to provide information on the activities of the Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group. The website, which can be viewed here, provides extensive details on the history of the settlement, the results of previous seasons of fieldwork, and information on opportunities to get involved in future excavations.
  • 27.11.10 - Further Fieldwork from Glenshellach
    A second phase of fieldwork conducted on the site of a proposed new housing development at Glenshellach, Oban, has confirmed the presence of prehistoric occupation on the site. Find out more.
  • 18.11.10 - Further Fieldwork at Greenan Confirms Prehistoric Activity
    Following on from fieldwork conducted in June of this year, a second phase of evaluation has been conducted at Greenan, Ayr, which has confirmed prehistoric activity on the site. Find out more.
  • 17.11.10 - Broxburn Pit Post-Excavation Results
    A report has been received outlining the results of post-excavation analysis on material excavated from a pit identified during monitoring outside Broxburn, West Lothian. Find out more.
  • 16.11.10 - Caught Knapping!
    Excavation at Lochgoilhead in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has revealed a site showing evidence for flint knapping, in addition to both occupation and burial. Find out more.
  • 10.11.10 - Location, Location, Location!
    Monitoring work conducted in relation to the construction of a house overlooking Kilmartin Glen in Argyll has resulted in the excavation of a much earlier dwelling on the site. Find out more.
  • 05.11.10 - The Realities of Scottish Archaeology in November!
    Despite challenging weather conditions, staff from Headland Archaeology have identified a prehistoric settlement site south-east of Ayr. Find out more.
  • 22.10.10 - iWOSAS
    As part of ongoing development work, Stewart McCall of South Ayrshire Council has produced an app that allows the WoSAS HER to be accessed on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Like the existing desk-based map search, it allows users to access summary information on sites, monuments and archaeological events, with the benefit of being able to view this data when on the move. If you're using an iPhone and have Location Services switched on, a blue dot appears at your current position. Double-tap to zoom in. Tap once with two fingers to zoom out. You can pinch the map to zoom in as well. You can zoom to a town or village by clicking on Search then selecting one of the locations from the list. Other buttons on the map (from left to right) are to zoom back to your current location, display the legend, view aerial photography instead of a map (not enabled) and the search. Click on an HER point to get a basic information window. The application is available for use at Users without an iPhone can get an idea of how the application looks by going to, and entering the URL for the app.
  • 22.10.10 - Recent Activities of the West Lothian Archaeology Group
    Find out more about recent and upcoming fieldwork and research undertaken by the West Lothian Archaeology Group.
  • 23.09.10 - Pottery Analysis from Old Kilpatrick
    As was reported on the 11th of August, pottery fragments were found during monitoring work conducted at Old Kilpatrick. This has been subject to specialist analysis, and a report outlining the results has been submitted to WoSAS. Find out more.
  • 21.09.10 - Found over 120 years ago, but still news!
    An axe hammer found in the 1880s has been identified by staff from Stranraer Museum, after it was brought in to them by the descendants of the original finder. Find out more.
  • 17.09.10 - From Roy's Military Survey to Google Earth?
    Aerial photographs from Google may show the remains of a pre-Improvement farmstead in North Ayrshire, visible as a crop-mark. Find out more.
  • 30.08.10 - Archaeologists Identify Medieval Picnic Site
    Fieldwork undertaken in advance of proposed opencast coal extraction at Mainshill, South Lanarkshire, has identified a hearth that appears to represent the remains of a medieval camp site. Find out more.
  • 25.08.10 - Report on the Excavation of Human Remains found at Machrins, Colonsay
    Following on from the news item of the 28th of June, indicating that human remains had been found at Machrins, Colonsay, a report has been received outlining the results of the excavation. Find out more.
  • 18.08.10 - Two Phases of Occupation at Glenshellach
    Evaluation trenching at Glenshellach, Oban, has identified evidence for two widely-spaced phases of occupation on the site. Find out more.
  • 17.08.10 - Paisley Abbey Drain
    The medieval drain at Paisley Abbey has been added to the list of legally-protected Scheduled Monuments. Find out more about this, and about the forthcoming excavation on the drain.
  • 16.08.10 - Curious behaviour in South Lanarkshire
    Following on from evaluation trenching in 2009, which identified features containing fragments of prehistoric pottery, recent work at Snabe Quarry, near Drumclog, has identified further evidence for Neolithic occupation. Find out more.
  • 11.08.10 - Rome's North-Western Frontier
    Monitoring conducted during construction of an extension to a house in Old Kilpatrick has revealed evidence for settlement associated with the western terminal fort of the Antonine Wall. Find out more.
  • 29.07.10 - Radiocarbon Dates from Gigha
    Radiocarbon dates have been obtained for samples of charcoal excavated from pits identified during monitoring conducted in relation to the construction of a new house at Tigh an Rubha on the Isle of Gigha (see previous news item on this page). For more information on the results of the post-excavation analysis, see this report
  • 21.07.10 - Prehistoric Occupation at Greenan
    Evaluation trenching conducted on a proposed housing site at Greenan, Ayr, has identified evidence for prehistoric occupation. Find out more.
  • 20.07.10 - Engaging the Recent Past Conference
    This three-day conference, held by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, will be held in Glasgow on the 3rd - 5th of September. Find out more.
  • 09.07.10 - Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project
    The Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project, run by the Kilwinning and District Preservation Society, offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in research and excavation exploring the history and development of the Abbey and associated burgh. Find out more.
  • 28.06.10 - Human Remains at Machrins, Colonsay
    Human remains have been exposed in the machair at Machrins on the Isle of Colonsay. Find out more.
  • 24.06.10 - The Place of Paisley
    Ongoing work at the Place of Paisley identifies what may be a surviving element of the West Range of the Abbey. Find out more.
  • 15.06.10 - Scotland's Rural Past Conference 2010
    The third annual Scotland's Rural Past Third Annual Conference will be held on Saturday 30 October 2010 at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Perthshire. As in previous years, there is a full and varied conference programme which showcases SRP projects taking place across the country. The keynote talk will be given by renowned writer and historian, Dr Fiona Watson, on Everyday life on the land: a hidden history. In addition to the papers being presented by SRP volunteers, work from many other projects will be on display throughout the day, and delegates will also have the chance to preview the new SRP training fieldwork videos. There will also be lots more going on, including workshops, book stalls and the SRP clinics. The conference will close with a wine reception and the conference dinner, all in the wonderful setting of the Crieff Hydro. On the following morning, Sunday 31 October, conference delegates are invited to come on a guided walk with RCAHMS experts to explore abandoned rural settlement sites in the local area. To book your place at the conference please download, complete and return the booking form by 15 September 2010. The programme and other details are also available on the SRP website. Please note that conference numbers are restricted and early registration is recommended to ensure your place.
  • 02.06.10 - WoSAS Map Search 2.0
    This week sees the launch of a new version of the WoSAS map search page, aimed at making information on archaeological sites and monuments available to the public in a quicker and more accessible form. The page has been rebuilt by Stewart McCall of South Ayrshire Council using the Javascript API rather than the .NET ADF employed previously, and the results can be viewed here. Using Javascript means that a smaller resource footprint is needed to supply the map-search function, and should mean that the maps display more quickly. Work has also been done to improve the usability of the site. Instead of the 'zoom', 'pan', 'information' buttons used in the previous version, navigation is controlled through a combination of a zoom bar and an in-frame pan function, similar to the interface employed in Google maps, while further information of sites is returned by simply clicking on the relevant symbol. It's also possible to hide the left hand side panel to make the map bigger just click the [-] button. Other bits of interest are the 'Terrain' button, to give the map a 3d appearance, and the 'More' button, which gives access to more advanced GIS tools like a navigation and measure toolbar. From here, it is also possible to run spatial searches again the map highlights the results and the results highlight the map. Thanks go to Stewart McCall and the ICT team at South Ayrshire Council for all their hard work!
  • 01.06.10 - An Infant Inhumation at Dunstaffnage
    Evidence for prehistoric occupation and burial has been uncovered during ongoing fieldwork at Dunstaffnage, Argyll. Find out more.
  • 18.05.10 - Recent Reports from Gigha
    Reports on two pieces of recent fieldwork conducted on Gigha have demonstrated the high levels of archaeological survival that may be expected on this island. Find out more.
  • 13.05.10 - Renfrew Council Building, Paisley
    A programme of archaeological monitoring is currently taking place in Paisley Town Centre, associated with the demolition of part of the Paisley Civic Centre. Find out more.
  • 22.04.10 - Time Team on Mull
    In May of last year, Channel 4's popular and long-running archaeology programme Time Team visited the island of Mull to undertake a three-day evaluation on the site of a potential early Christian chapel identified by local archaeologists Bev Langhorn and Hylda Marsh as part of the Scotland's Rural Past project (WoSAS Pin 57999). This programme will be broadcast at 17:30 on Sunday the 25th of April. More information can be found on the Channel 4 website.
  • 31.03.10 - A Possil Pottery
    A programme of evaluation has identified material associated with the former Saracen or Possil Pottery, in Glasgow. Find out more.
  • 23.03.10 - A Bee's Eye View of Beecraigs
    Aerial views of the prehistoric material identified at Beecraigs Country Park, supplied by the West Lothian Archaeology Group, can be viewed on this page
  • 22.03.10 - A Hive of Archaeological Activity at Beecraigs
    A programme of archaeological works at Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian has identified significant evidence for prehistoric settlement in the area. Find out more
  • 19.03.10 - Illuminating the archaeology of Glasgow Cathedral
    Over the last couple of years, a programme of archaeological monitoring has taken place during works to upgrade the floodlights at Glasgow Cathedral, and a report outlining the results of this work has now been received. Find out more
  • 18.03.10 - Radiocarbon date for Iona Midden
    Radiocarbon dates have been obtained for samples taken from the spread of possible midden material identified during monitoring work conducted duing the construction of an extension to a cottage on Iona (see previous news item on this page). For more information on the results of the post-excavation analysis, see this report
  • 10.03.10 - Archaeological Resreach in Progress: Glasgow 2010
    This annual conference, organised for 2010 by Archaeology Scotland and staged jointly with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, provides an opportunity to hear up-to-date accounts of the fieldwork and research being carried out in Scotland. This year the conference is being held in Glasgow and will focus on recent work undertaken in Glasgow and the environs. For further details and booking information, download the booking form
  • 24.02.10 - Govan Burgh Survey Launched
    The intriguing history of Govan was today revealed in a book, Historic Govan: Archaeology and Development, launched by Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture at the Pearce Institute in Govan. Read more on the Historic Scotland website
  • 15.02.10 - Possible Prehistoric Pit at Patterton
    Archaeological evaluation at Patterton Quarry, Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, has identified a number of features indicating occupation during prehistory. Find out more
  • 09.02.10 - Scotland's Cluniac Heritage Conference
    A conference to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the monastic Order of Cluny in Burgundy will be held at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday the 15th of May 2010. At this conference, Prof. Stephen Driscoll and Bob Will of Glasgow University will discuss the results of the recent excavations at Paisley Abbey, carried out by staff from Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division and volunteers from the Renfrewshire Local History Forum. For details of other speakers, and for booking information, see the Cluny Scotland 2010 project page.
  • 08.02.10 - Archaeology, Artefacts and Awards at High Morlaggan
    The Community Excavation at High Morlaggan on the shores of Loch Long has won a prestigious national prize for the best archaeology project in the UK run by a voluntary group or individual. Find out more
  • 04.02.10 - Grave News from Crawfordjohn
    Work carried out during the refurbishment of Crawfordjohn Primary School has uncovered a number of burials, likely be associated with the medieval parish church, which is immediately adjacent to the site. Find out more
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