Creating economic and social benefit through the active and creative use of our historic environment
At PKHT we are committed to developing and delivering activities and projects that increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the historic environment. Supported by a range of funders, our outreach, learning and participation activities are often delivered as a core part of larger funded projects such as the King's Seat Hillfort Archaeology Project. Outside of these projects, we also co-ordinate annual feature event programmes such as Doors Open Days and Perth and Kinross Archaeology Month. Scroll down to find out more about Archaeology Month in 2018 and to read some of the highlights from 2017's Archaeology Year programme.
There's so much historic environment to explore in Perth and Kinross; get stuck in and discover your past with PKHT!
Beginning as Archaeology Week in 2003, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has annually delivered Archaeology Month in June but this year, we're very excited to be partnering with Archaeology Scotland and merging Perth and Kinross Archaeology Month with Scottish Archaeology Month which takes place in September.
Although a little later in the season, as always, it promises to be an exciting celebration of our past showcasing the outstanding historic environment of Perth and Kinross. Funded by The Gannochy Trust, Archaeology Month offers residents and visitors a rich variety of opportunities to interact with the historic environment with historically themed special events, excavations, guided walks, workshops, talks, exhibitions and much more all delivered by a host of local societies and heritage organisations, including PKHT, across Perth and Kinross.
"You don’t need any knowledge of history or archaeology to enjoy Archaeology Month, an inquisitive mind and a thirst for discovery is all we recommend!"
2017 was the Scottish theme Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, we joined in this celebration of Scotland's heritage with an extra special programme of vibrant, engaging and informative events.
The seven month programme spanned from the beginning of April to the end of October with over 70,000 people estimated to have attended the 100+ events and exhibitions promoted in the brochure and web-calendar.
PKHT staff offered a suite of new guided walks as part of the Cateran Common Wealth which took in some of the amazing, lesser-explored archaeological sites of Eastern Perthshire. There were lots of opportunities to get into archaeology and experience the past at the trowel’s edge including: Tay Landscape Partnership’s month-long dig on Moredun Top, their Wee Big Dig in Abernethy village and their Big Dig at Castlelaw Hillfort above Abernethy; the sixth and final season of excavations on the Pictish longhouses at Lair, Glenshee; and the first ever excavation of King's Seat hillfort near Dunkeld where some very exciting discoveries were made - check out the project page to find out more.
We launched our Archaeology Year programme in April with a torch-lit procession through the atmospherically lit woodland of Moncreiffe hill up to the hillfort of Moredun top where local singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean lit a ceremonial flame & performed. Internationally acclaimed trombonist John Kenny offered a truly unique insight into the sounds of the past, demonstrating the tonal range and power of the prehistoric Carnyx horn. What a sound to hear echoing across the ramparts of a prehistoric hillfort! The evening was rounded up with a careful blend of past with present technology thanks to the St. Andrews University SmartHistory team. Their fantastic virtual reconstruction of Moredun top hillfort was made available for participants to view on the hilltop through a series of virtual reality photo-sphere stations- a truly immersive experience.