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...

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...

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...

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 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: ...

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...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology