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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...
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...

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...
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...

The two war memorials at Elsrickle, South Lanarkshire

The wee village of Elsrickle, in South Lanarkshire was recently made famous as being the village near the oldest known place of human activity in Scotland; Howburn Farm where people arrived from Denmark, by following reindeer over what is...
Lithic examples from Wester Yardhouse

A mixed prehistoric lithic collection recovered from fields at Wester Yardhouse Farm

A mixed assemblage of pre-historic lithics including several tools was picked up from fields surrounding Wester Yardhouse Farm near Carnwath, circa NT 010 520, by the late Mr George Elder, farmer there, and perhaps also by his ploughman Mr...
Excavations Biggar Common East

Biggar Common

Biggar Common The Biggar Common Project was another upland forestry operation that was initiated when a moorland area, known never to have been under cultivation, was deep furrow ploughed in readiness for planting. The initial finds, reported by Martain Brown, a...
Fig. 18. Excavating a Palaeolithic site, Howburn 2005.

Melbourne Area

Melbourne Area This project was initiated in response to the finds obtained by fieldwalking in the area flanking the A702 to the east of Melbourne crossroads. Melbourne crossroads An opportunity for a detailed investigation was provided by the development in 1995 of...

Blackmount Hill

The prominent Blackmount Hill lies somewhat isolated on the west side of the A702 road between the villages of Dolphinton and Elsrickle; it has views in all directions looking over one of the most prolific pre-historic landscapes in Scotland. The...

Corse Law Cairns

The cairns lying on the northern slopes of Corse Law are part of a major concentration of such features, possibly the largest in Scotland, that extends in the southern part of the Pentland Hills from the West Linton...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology