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Join a druid on a journey to the Iron Age

23 September 2006

Meet the wise druid of Holyrood Park and journey back in time to sample life in the Iron Age.

This special one day event on Sunday 1 October gives families the chance to meet a range of characters including a farmer, hunter and Roman soldier.  There’s also the opportunity to try on costumes, do some potting, make coins and create wattle fencing.
The event, which rounds off Scottish Archaeology Month, is based in an area of the Historic Scotland Education Centre which is made to look like an Iron Age house.

Susan Ritchie, the Ranger who takes the role of the druid, said: "The harvest has been gathered and the characters are getting ready for an important feast.  Visitors are able to meet them and hear about their lives and times. For example the soldier, who is from Gaul, has come to see the Druid because some of his men are sick and she can provide herbal cures.

The farmer also needs her help because he has cut his hand while gathering crops.  It’s an event that is designed to fire the imaginations of young people but provide plenty of interest for adults too."

The druid was a key figure in Iron Age society as one of the wise members of the tribe who understood everything from medicine to astronomy and played a key role in decision-making and justice.  The event is free and has been timed to coincide with the last weekend of Scottish Archaeology Month.

Holyrood Park Archaeology Day is on Sunday 1 October from 11.00am until 4.00pm at Holyrood Park Education Centre (lunch will not be provided).

Notes for editors
  • A unique and precious national asset in the centre of Scotland’s capital, Holyrood Park is both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its geological, historical, archaeological and biological importance and diversity.
  • Holyrood Park - which encompasses a 5-mile circumference of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century - is in the care of Historic Scotland.  The agency is responsible for maintaining the Park’s natural environment and presenting it for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.
  • The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique attraction and the large and diverse range of flora and fauna which flourish within the Park.  The Service also provides a wide range of educational services and events.
  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 splendid properties throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959