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Return to prehistoric Linlithgow

2 October 2006

Experience meeting a prehistoric hunter, and find out what life was like in an Iron Age roundhouse during an Archaeology Day at Linlithgow this Sunday. A range of activities suitable for the whole family will be taking place in the parkland beside the loch at Linlithgow Palace, which is cared for by Historic Scotland.

There will be jewellery making and pottery demonstrations as well as the chance to try grinding corn into flour using a quern stone.  Other attractions will include a tracking trail where visitors can test their skills in identifying wildlife, and also exhibitions and information about the archaeology of Linlithgow, including the two crannogs (man-made islands) in the loch.

Martin Gray, of the Historic Scotland Ranger Service, said

'There will be lots to see and do, from handling ancient artefacts and putting on costumes to even making your own shield! We hope this event will help fire people’s enthusiasm for archaeology and Linlithgow’s fascinating history.

It's a great way to get a glimpse of just how different life was in the past when people had to hunt for their own food, grind their own corn and live in very different types of places, like on the artificial islands in the loch.'

Archaeology Day is on Sunday 8 October.  Visitors are invited to come along any time after 11.00am and the activities will run until 4.00pm. The event is free.

Notes for editors
  • Linlithgow Palace is in Linlithgow off the M9. Telephone 01506 842896. Tickets are £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for children and £2 concessions.
  • Taking part in the Archaeology Day events does not involve going into the palace. Many of the activities will be inside a tent which is specially set up inside to recreate the sense of what life was like inside an ancient  roundhouse.
  • The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. All of the Stewart kings lived here, and numerous renovations to the Palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.
  • The Palace was last visited by the Stewart family in 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed. In 1746, the Duke of Cumberland set the Palace on fire as he left to travel north to fight this very same Stewart at Culloden
  • The magnificent courtyard fountain has been carefully restored and is now on full view to visitors (running every Sunday throughout summer).
  • The Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the extensive wildfowl population. A well surfaced walkway around the loch gives good views of the abundant water birds including swans, ducks, great crested and little grebes.
  • Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its Properties in Care. For details, visit or call 0131 668 8926 for an events brochure.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959