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PERTHSHIRE COPPICE PROJECT

Volunteers welcome for an introduction to hazel coppice and training in coppice crafts such as hurdle-making, coarse fence weaving, wood clearing and stacking, kindling bundling. Download our leaflet for more information. (Sorry, this may take a minute or so). For volunteering, please email info@crannog.co.uk if you would like to participate. Our coppicing team looks forward to welcoming you. See also a selection of our photos.

The coppice project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Rural Tayside LEADER 2017-2013 Programme and Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust.

COPPICE CONFERENCE 19th-20th April, 2013

Regenerating Hazel Coppice

Presentations on the biodiversity & economic benefits of coppicing hazel, case studies in Scotland, the value of networking, and future opportunities. Excursions to new sites being managed will take place on each afternoon. Booking essential as numbers restricted. Venue: The Big Shed, Tombreck, by Lawers, Loch Tay. Programme and booking forms available.

A short report on the conference may be found in the Autumn 2013 issue of Reforesting Scotland.

Training in Underwater Archaeology - Courses 2014 at Kenmore, Loch Tay.

Dates and times to be confirmed.

Lots of fun with tape measures, pier structure, and site recording sessions!

Training Opportunities in Public Archaeology
and Heritage Interpretation

The Scottish Crannog Centre provides training opportunities and project work for tourism students and for those studying anthropology, archaeology, experimental archaeology, underwater archaeology, Celtic studies, and related disciplines. Many degree courses include a fieldwork or work experience requirement, part of which may be met by a placement at our Centre. Placements last for a minimum of 5 weeks. Skills learned include public speaking, interpreting archaeological evidence and concepts to the public, ancient crafts and technologies, customer care, public relations and visitor management. Depending on the duration of the placement, we may ask you to carry out a research project on our behalf. Subsistence is not provided but we can assist with booking accommodation. For further details or to check availability to book your voluntary placement, please contact us at info@crannog.co.uk. We are now considering placements for 2014. Please send in your expressions of interest and cv as early as possible.

Books of interest: Available from the Scottish Crannog Centre

The Carpow Logboat: A Bronze Age Vessel Brought to Life The story of the woodworking project in 2010 (see below) to create a Bronze-Age style logboat. Published by the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, this popular account costs £5 and is available now from the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Carpow in Context: A Late Bronze Age Logboat from the Tay Detailed monograph of the discovery, raising, and preservation of the Carpow logboat published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Featuring contributions from a range of specialists, this excellent hardback is now available at the Scottish Crannog Centre for £30.

Crannog Books Available

Crannogs of Perthshire by Dr Nicholas Dixon. This booklet provides an introduction to crannogs and covers recent underwater archaeological exploration and historical background for several of the more than 40 crannogs in Perthshire. 2009. Published by the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. Available from the Scottish Crannog Centre and local outlets. Paperback. Price £3. Contact: info@crannog.co.uk.

Also available, The Crannogs of Scotland: an Underwater Archaeology by Dr Nicholas Dixon, the leading authority on ancient Scottish loch-dwellings. Read about the discovery and history of these enigmatic ancient settlements, why they survive, the well-preserved archaeological remains, and the techniques of underwater archaeology. 2004. Tempus Publishing Ltd. Available from the Scottish Crannog Centre and all good bookstores. Paperback. Price £17.99.

Bronze Age logboat: Launch on Loch Tay

The logboat project was run jointly between the Scottish Crannog Centre, and the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (www.pkht.org.uk) who commissioned prehistoric woodworking specialist Damian Goodburn. He led the work to create a logboat based on the Bronze Age Carpow logboat which was raised from the River Tay. Participants used a range of hand tools including replica Bronze Age axes, adges and chisels. The boat was launched successfully and the maiden voyage took place on Tuesday, 1st September 2010 paddling across the loch to the Scottish Crannog Centre. The voyage took about 25 minutes with 6 people.

The boat is now available for visitors to hire, weather permitting.

 

 

 


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