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King's Seat Hillfort Archaeology Project

The King's Seat hillfort is situated on a prominent hill top above an important bend in the River Tay at Dunkeld. It has a dominating position overlooking Strath Tay, and while the fort has been known about for at least the last century, and is designated as nationally important, little is actually understood about it. How old is it? How did it develop? Did people live there and what was it used for? Only basic plans of the surviving earthworks have been made and no previous archaeological investigations have ever taken place.

Working in partnership with the Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society, and with the help of AOC Archaeology, this project aims to celebrate the site and explore the site with members of the local community. Over the three years volunteers will join professional archaeologists to archaeologically survey and excavate the site. The project aims to publish findings and incorporate the information into outreach material that will interpret the site and its story to the local community and visitors.

Project Partners:

This project is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) and the Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society. 

Project Funders:


Interested in King's Seat?

We're returning to King's Seat this September between 4th and 15th of September (excluding 9-10th). We'll be inviting expressions of interest to volunteer from 1st June so check back here soon to sign-up using the online form.

Check Out the Project Blog!

The first excavation took place between the 7th and 19th September 2017. Scroll down through our project blog below to see what we found on the dig and to keep up to date with the latest news as the project moves forward.

Project News & Updates