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Talk: Shilpit Bairns and Clashing Swords: bioarchaeological evidence of past lifeways at Portmahomack’ [Portmahomack] ...

02 August 2019

Starts: 19:30

Shilpit Bairns and Clashing Swords: bioarchaeological evidence of past lifeways at Portmahomack’

Talk by Dr. Shirley Curtis-Summers

Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack. Organised by Tarbat Discovery Centre. Cost £4

Shirley Curtis-Summers will talk about forensic studies on burials from Portmahomack excavations - a cradle to grave look at the medieval peoples of the Port.

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Prehistoric Festival at Crannog Centre, Loch Tay [Perthshire] ...

02 August 2019

A special prehistoric festival will take place at the Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay 2nd-5th August.

Our biggest festival yet celebrating the best of prehistory! See specialists in iron, bronze, silver, leather, wood and stone, try your hand at being an archaeologist, learn to whittle, ancient cooking and music, log boats and much, much, more. Artists and craftspeople demonstrating at this year's Celts are Coming festival include: Hamish Lamley of Pictavia Leather, David McGovern Stonemason of Monikie Rock Art, Neil Burridge bronze casting specialist, John Mac spoon carver, Sarah Mac textile worker, the Haddington Weavers, Caroline Nicolay of Pario Gallico cooking demonstrations, Thomas Timbrell of Big Beynons Blacksmithing, Peter Ananin of the Woodland Tannery, Julie Durkacz woodworking & whittling, Wooden Tom woodcarver & turner plus Maestro Paul McDonald of the McDonald Academy of Arms will be demonstrating Pictish arms, marshall culture and weaponry use.  

The bridge that connects communities 2500 years

Musical performances include special opening performances from Alec Souter on the bagpipes and Iona Fyfe singer on Friday 2nd.  Audrey Litterick, local fiddler on Saturday 3rd and Tatha, a newly formed group of local musicians will be performing a composition inspired by the Iron Age crannog people together with ancient Scottish and Perthshire tunes on Sunday 4th.  The music performed at our Celts are Coming event is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for our 2019 music project, and is inspired by the crannog and the lyre bridge.  Let's put the music back into the crannog!

There are also specialist workshops before, during and after the festival (charges apply). See the Scottish Crannog Centre website for details and booking information. They include:

29th, 30th, 31st July and 1st-6th August
Led by Jon Mac

Iron Age Cooking
5th August
Led by Caroline Nicolay of Pario Gallico

Tablet Weaving for Beginners
5th August
Led by Marie Henderson

Silver-casting from Scratch
5th & 6th August
Led by Neil Burridge

Crannog Bag Workshop
6th August
Led by Hamish Lamley of Pictavia Leather






Exclusive workshops include silver-casting, a day of outdoor cooking, smith your own knife, spoon-carving and belt-making!  Please see separate pages for details and booking contacts. 


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Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH), The Goods Shed, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV14 9DH
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