Reports on various projects

Lots of new reports on different subjects will now be appearing on the web, we are gradually catching up with the backlog and hope to have the entire work of BAG made available to the public by spring time of 2014, archiving of documentation and disposal of finds from the various sites is already underway. Keep and eye open on the web for new reports as they come on stream

  • Chaplegill | 2013 | 5MB | Tam Ward, BAG | Through the survey and partial excavation on an upland settlement site, evidence of turf and lime mortared buildings and occupation dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries was recovered. A large assemblage of early 18th century wine bottle sherds and also slip ware pottery was found and details of some of the buildings were revealed.
  • Lithic Geology | 2013 | 6MB | Ian Paterson & Tam Ward, BAG | In the past 30 years, the Biggar Archaeology Group (BAG) has recovered, by means of fieldwalking and excavation, large amounts of lithic artefacts that date from prehistoric times. The collection consists mainly of debitage but includes a range of tools and weapons. This account describes the geology of the various lithological types and suggests possible sources for them, and also provides illustrated examples and archaeological descriptions and contexts of each type as found by BAG. Furthermore observations regarding the use of stone in the construction of a stone circle, and for use as pot boilers in burnt mounds are given, and some metal working slags are referenced.
  • Excavations at Melbourne Farm 1996 | 2013 | 2.9MB | Tam Ward, BAG |Following on from successful fieldwalking at Melbourne Farm, four miles north of Biggar, excavations revealed a landscape of in situ features with ceramic and lithic assemblages dating from the Early and Late Neolithic, but including a beaker burial. Rescue excavation was allowed by the kind permission of Scottish Woodlands Ltd
    The following report is given as a preamble to the main report on excavations and it has been modified slightly since it was written in 1996.
  • Migration routes | 2013 | 508KB | Tam Ward, BAG | Further thoughts on the migration routes of animals and people in the Late Upper Paleolithic period in the central belt of Scotland, and the potential locations of further hunter camp sites of that period.