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archaeology in the ploughlands

Excavating a burial enclosure on Pencraig Hill, East Lothian.
Many sites which were built in what are now the agricultural areas of Scotland have been flattened. Agricultural ploughing has removed their uppermost layers. But valuable evidence survives underground. Sometimes they can be seen from the air while crops are ripening.

Ploughing destroys these sites, usually slowly however, new deep ploughing can also reveal burials or buildings.

If the possibility of new sites is suggested by pottery, building stones, or bones coming to the surface after ploughing, the best first contact is the Local Council’s archaeological staff. They can usually offer advice.

Contact us

Archaeology Strategy Team
Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 131 668 8811