Low water levels at Daer reservoir

Reservoirs 2021 – exceptionally low water levels

Revisiting some of our past excavations sites recently found the reservoirs are particularly low this year. Some background information The four reservoirs are Talla, Fruid and Megget, all in Borders Region and Daer in South Lanarkshire. Various campaigns of work have...

A monumental stone commemorating the life of George Ramsay of Foulden Bastle

Here is a short pdf  on the monumental stone commemorating the life of George Ramsay of Foulden Bastle. The existence of bastle houses on the Anglo Scottish borders have long been known and recorded in England by the Royal Commission...
Tam Ward – the early years

Archaeological endeavour – a brief autobiography, by Tam Ward

This pdf – Archaeological endeavour – a brief autobiography  is a true account of how I became involved in archaeology and the principal events which occurred during that time and until the date of writing. I am often asked how I...
Reindeer migration

How did Late Upper Palaeolithic reindeer hunters live?

The full essay in pdf  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 are assumed to have been following and living...

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...

Lime clamp kiln at Glencotho excavation in 2015

An Excavation report on the lime clamp kilns at Glencotho, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders in 2015. Download the full report from here. The excavated kiln is part of a group and was given in The Upper Tweed Archaeological Survey (Ward, 2004)...
Gold, Silver and Bronze objects found in South Lanarkshire

The Treasures of South Lanarkshire

What is Treasure? The Treasures of South Lanarkshire is an attempt by the author to highlight the almost unbelievable wealth of curated and built heritage of the area, and much of which is probably unknown to the general public, but all...
David Fisher painting – three panels of Clydesdale through the ages

David Fisher – Artist (1946-2013), his Clydesdale legacy

By Tam Ward David Fisher was born in Midsomer Norton in Somerset, he originally trained as a signwriter and decorator and gradually became a self employed artist. He was commissioned to paint pub signs all over England and produced a...

Elsrickle War Memorials – an update

Back in June 2018 we uploaded a report and news item about why there were two war memorials in the village of Elsrickle. The two war memorials at Elsrickle, South Lanarkshire In that article and the report we asked if anyone knew...
Biggar Kirk bell tower

Biggar Kirk a tour of principle features and brief history

Biggar Kirk, formerly known as St Mary’s Church is unique, being the last Pre-Reformation church to be built in Scotland. A fascinating history of the church dating back to the 12th century is available and some aspects of the building...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology