Tam Ward at Daer Forestry Excavations

Tam Ward – a fond farewell

It's with deep sadness that we say a fond farewell to Tam Ward, who died on August 2nd 2022. Tam was one of the leading archaeologists of the last fifty years, indeed probably Scotland's greatest amateur archaeologist. He will be sorely...
A unique pair of napkin rings

Camps Reservoir excavation and survey report from 1992

A survey and partial excavation of a series of Bronze Age and later structures exposed by the lowering of the water level in Camps Reservoir was carried out in 1992 and 1994. In the first campaign of work an enclosed cremation...
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...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology