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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...

An Upper Palaolithc assemblage – Howburn Farm

Biggar Archaeology Group Clydesdale Project, Daer Valley project 2010 latest update. info@biggararchaeology.org.uk

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 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,...

Sediment core labratory analysis 1

Labratory analysis of the sediments from the Priest's Well Basin, Elsrickle by Richard Tipping, 2 March 2010 A lot of work since November 2009 has shown that the floor of the valley below the Howburn archaeological site contains the sediments of...
Reindeer Hunters report

How did Late Upper Palaeolithic reindeer hunters live?

Download the full report How did Late Upper Palaeolithic reindeer hunters live?. This essay attempts to understand aspects of the lifestyles of the Late Upper Palaeolithic (LUP) people who arrived for seasonal camps at Howburn Farm near Biggar, and who...

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...

Earliest site in Scotland discovered

Unexpected and unique Upper Paleolithic finds recently discovered at Howburn Farm identifies this site as being the earliest in Scotland. These finds have now been notified in The Journal of the Lithic Studies Society 28: 41 – 49. The find is...
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 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...

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Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology