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Visitors to step back in time at Holyrood Park

14 September 2011

Visitors to Holyrood Park this Sunday (18th September) will be able to step back in time when the Park hosts its annual Archaeology Day.

The event, which runs as part of Scottish Archaeology Month, celebrates the important history and archaeology within the Park, which has been inhabitated by humans and used as a hunting ground for around 8000 years.

Guided tours, held throughout the day, will allow the public to meet a whole host of characters from the past including an Iron Age hunter, a farmer and a Roman soldier

Activities encouraging visitors to discover and explore what life was like during this period will be running at the education centre.  These will include the opportunity to try out authentic Iron Age technologies from fire lighting to willow fencing and Roman pottery.

Meanwhile storytelling workshops will also take place alongside an interactive Iron Age home life display.   

Matt McCabe, a Ranger for Historic Scotland who manage the park, said;

“We have held the Archaeology event over the past few years and its always been a fantastic day out.

“The Park is a Scheduled Ancient Monument for its archaeological and natural significance and pre-dates every building in the city so has a hugely important role to play in the telling of the story of Edinburgh.

“This event is designed to bring this to life in a fun, interactive way and there are lots of activities planned to keep the family entertained.”   

The event takes place this Sunday, 18th September from 11am- 3pm at the education centre at Holyrood Park.

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk