Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape 2022

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Location: Huntly AB54, UK

Season: July 12, 2022 to July 22, 2022

Application Deadline: July 22, 2022

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Discount for AIA members: 10%

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Project Director:
Dr Murray Cook

Project Description:

Battle Hill, Huntly named after a daring raid in 1307 during the Scottish Wars of Independence contains a variety of previously unmapped prehistoric and medieval sites including Neolithic and Bronze Age cairns and a newly discovered Iron Age to Pictish hillfort.  Battle Hill preserves a prehistoric landscape built on higher more marginal ground at a time when the climate was warmer meaning it was possible to live here. As the climate worsened the structures were abandoned. Avoided by subsequent farmers who built and farmed around them, the remains eventually became preserved within the forest itself.
Join us as we continue the first excavation of Battle Hill and uncover its rich secrets!

The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 21th season of a long-term, relaxed and open series of research and training excavations into Prehistoric Aberdeenshire and will run from the 12th to 22nd July 2022. The project has to date produced over 12 publications and Murray Cook’s PhD.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic and Pictish

The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 21st Season of research into Aberdeenshire’s prehistoric settlement patterns. Previous seasons have explored Roman marching Camps, vitrified forts, Pictish settlement and Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic sites and cairns. The training is relaxed and easy going and you can learn as much or as little as you want to. You will have the opportunity to excavate archaeological remains that have never been examined before. • Project Dates: 12th to 22nd July 2022 • Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. • Contribution: £500 UK pounds or £50 a day. The price excludes accommodation and, food. Transport to and from the site can be organised for those staying locally. (N.B. Deposit of £200 is non-refundable). • Project type: Open to students and volunteers (minimum age accepted: 17 years old) – Places are limited so early booking is recommended. • Experience required: None, as professional archaeologists will always be on-site to provide guidance. • Other activities: Trips to local archaeological/historical sites. • What to wear: Scottish weather can change at any time. Sometimes with four seasons in one day. It is recommended that you come prepared with a range of clothing including clothes for sunny weather, cold weather and hard rain; light-weight clothing, a waterproof coat and stout boots, sun block and a hat are suggested. • The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is directed by Dr Murray Cook and run in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: none

Minimum Age: 17

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements:
You have to provide your own though there are lots of options in Huntly and we are happy to to arrange free pick up and drop in the immediate area.

Academic Credit:

Contact Information:

Dr Murray Cook

6a Gladstone Place



United Kingdom

Phone: (079) 298-4814

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