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Archaeology unveiled with Historic Scotland

20 May 2008

Perthshire Archaeology Month events at Historic Scotland properties

Historic Scotland announce plans to once again support Perthshire Archaeology Month with a series of events taking place across the region. Perthshire Archaeology Month is an initiative run by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, with the aim of promoting understanding and involvement in the varied archaeology of the area.

The first Historic Scotland event takes place at the impressive Huntingtower Castle, with Castles… Clues and Mysteries Revealed on Thursday 5 June. Archaeological expert Adrian Cox will uncover clues that reveal how the castle was built and the changes that have taken place over time, including an object handling session. This is partnered with an event at Elcho Castle on Thursday 12 June, where visitors can uncover the mysteries of one of Scotland’s most handsome and remarkably complete castles.

Visitors can also join the Royal Hunt at Huntingtower Castle on Saturday 14 and Sunday 22 June, where they will meet the ‘Master of Rothes’ and hear about the hunts that took place in the 16th century.

Historic Scotland’s newest visitor attraction, Stanley Mills, will play host to an event which focuses on the historic survey of the building and the archaeological excavations. Sir Richard Arkwright built the first Stanley cotton mill in 1786 which later developed into a larger mill complex during the early 19th century. Since 2005, CFA Archaeology Ltd has been working in close partnership with Historic Scotland to record and investigate various parts of the Bell and Mid Mill during major conservation works. At this event on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 June visitors can join Mike Cressey as he explains the results and evidence gathered from excavations.

The Chapels and Churches of Strathearn are the focus for an event led by another Historic Scotland archaeologist, Kirsty Owen, on Thursday 19 June. As Perthshire has many beautiful churches, Kirsty reveals how they tell the story of how worship has changed over the last 800 years by touring three churches in the care of Historic Scotland, including Innerpeffray Chapel, Tullibardine Chapel and Muthill Old Church.

Finally, on Sunday 29 June visitors to Balvaird Castle will gain a rare insight into the interior of the imposing towerhouse and discover more about the construction of the building. There will be the chance to meet a buildings expert who has been piecing together the carved stones at the site to build a picture of the building as it would have been.

Sheena Garden, Interpretation Manager, said;

“Perthshire is an area rich with historical buildings and archaeological points of interest, and we are delighted to be supporting Perthshire Archaeology Month once more. Historic Scotland cares for 37 properties in this area and we hope that with these events we will give visitors a little more insight into the fascinating history on their doorstep.”

Details of events

Huntingtower Castle
Castles....Clues and Mysteries Revealed
Thursday 5 June, 14.00
Free but pre-booking required. To book contact Historic Scotland’s Interpretation Team on 0131 668 8858.

Elcho Castle
Castles....Clues and Mysteries Revealed
Thursday 12 June, 14.00
Free but pre-booking required. To book contact Historic Scotland’s Interpretation Team on 0131 668 8858.

Huntingtower Castle
The Royal Hunt
Saturday 14 and Sunday 22 June, 11.00 to 15.30
Admission charge to Huntingtower Castle is applicable, however 2 for 1 tickets are available. No booking required.

Stanley Mills
Historic Building Survey and Archaeological Excavations at Stanley Mills 2005-2007
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 June, 14.00 to 15.00
Free but pre-booking required. To book contact Historic Scotland’s Interpretation Team on 0131 668 8858.

The Chapels and Churches of Strathearn
Thursday 19 June, times to be confirmed
Free but pre-booking required. To book contact Steven Timoney (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust) on 01738 477 089.

Balvaird Castle
Balvaird Castle Open Day
Sunday 29 June, drop in between 10.00 to 15.00
Free, no booking required.

Notes for Editors

All living history events are included in the cost of admission or free of charge where there is no admission charge applicable.

Full details of the programme of events can be found online at

For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

On request Historic Scotland can provide advance photography and interviews with members of the living history groups and event facilitators.

Historic Scotland is leading organisation in the field of archaeology, working with partners across various projects, and has a number of archaeological experts.

Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at

Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further details on Perthshire Archaeology Month please visit

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763