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Howburn Excavation Update 2 May 2009

 A great turnout for the Howburn Excavation Our first day at the Howburn excavation and we had a great response to our plea for volunteers. Both young and not so young turned up to dig. The finds for the day included: ...
Reindeer migration

The Howburn Book

At last, and it has been worth the wait – we have the Howburn Book, a report principally by Torben Bjarke Ballin, a leading lithics expert and no stranger to Biggar Archaeology Group because he also did a report...

Howburn Excavation Update 7 June 2009

  First 100 metres completed We have now completed 125 square metres beside the road, and have completed the first full 100metre block. The general picture is a scatter of flint and chert, the flint probably mostly being Upper Palaeolithic and...
Southern Uplands and Tinto Hill to the south of Blackmount, the assumed route from Howburn to the west is left to right on this image, with the village of Elsrickle seen in the centre.

Migration routes of animals and people in the Late Upper Paleolithic period in the...

Download - Migration routes of animals and people in the Late Upper Paleolithic | 2013 | 508KB | Tam Ward, BAG Further thoughts on the migration routes of animals and people in the Late Upper Paleolithic period in the central...

Howburn Excavation Update Monday 13 July 2009

We are down to our final few weeks and… The progress being made is fantastic, work at the original Trench is now complete with the final tally of probably five tanged points being found there, along with a large number...

The Howburn Farm Lithic Tools

A new pdf report with a partial photographic presentation of the Howburn Farm Late Upper Palaeolithic and later prehistoric tool and lithic assemblage is now available to download. Howburn Farm is currently a unique name in Scottish archaeology as having...

Howburn Excavation Update 17 May 2009

 Weekend number three – several Paleo tools found The Houston family, struck flint on their first ever dig. But of course this is not just any old flint, it is the oldest in Scotland. A very nice end scraper and several...

Howburn Excavation Update Monday 20 July 2009

What a weekend! (our last, but one)... Tang points, scrapers, cores and lots more coming out the ground so fast we could hardly keep up with them. However, even though we know there are lots more of these fantastic finds,...

Howburn Excavation Final Update for Fieldwork

Goodbye Howburn, the end of a great project. The dig is over and what a result we have achieved.   Proof positive is now available for Scotland’s earliest known community in the Hamburgian period of the Late Upper Palaeolithic; this is in...

Howburn Excavation Update 28 June 2009

The dig is proving to be a great success; with a further three tanged points being recovered. First was by Mike Thornley last weekend, and his wife Sue found a nice end scraper in the same metre grid. Then Laura...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology