Dig It! 2017 is year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology with a packed programme of events from organisations across the country. It’s all about discovering Scotland’s past, present and future stories. Whether you’re getting muddy at a dig or strolling through a festival, now is the perfect time to let archaeology move you, surprise you and inspire you.

Dig It! 2017 is co-ordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Here are some of the events taking place in Perthshire Visit the Dig It 2017 website.

CATERAN’S COMMON WEALTH – WALKS & TALKS

Saturday 25 March – Friday 08 September

All around Perthshire’s Cateran Trail, you will be able to experience arts, culture & heritage activities & events which will inspire you to think about & celebrate our Common Wealth.

2017 is the Scottish theme Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and we are grateful to Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust for their help in planning and delivering this part of the programme for us and for leading our guided walks.

Details – Cateran’s Common Wealth

Photo: Clare Cooper

PERTH AND KINROSS ARCHAEOLOGY YEAR

Saturday 01 April – Tuesday 31 October

2017 is the Scottish theme Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust they are joining in this celebration of Scotland’s heritage with an extra special programme of vibrant, engaging and informative events, not just over one month but seven!

The programme will span from the beginning of April to the end of October with an official launch event on the Saturday 22 April. The launch looks to be an exciting sunset ceremony beginning with a torch-lit procession through the atmospherically lit woodland of Moncreiffe hill up to the hillfort of Moredun top where the sound of a prehistoric horn will echo once more across the ramparts and a prehistoric world will be reconstructed through immersive hilltop virtual reality.

Details – Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

THE SCOTTISH CRANNOG CENTRE – EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA

Sunday 16 April @ 10:30am – Sunday 16 April @ 4:30pm

Help kick-start the Scottish Crannog Centre’s 20th anniversary year by joining them to celebrate Easter with pancakes cooked over an open fire; make your own bread rolls to be baked in their clay ovens and churn your own butter to spread on them. Hands-on fun and learning all in one go!

Visit them on Easter Sunday and take a step back in time with their expert guides who will demonstrate ancient cooking methods to produce delicious pancakes and more. Tastings will take place throughout the day.

This superb event is the first of many throughout 2017 at the award-winning Scottish Crannog Centre, neatly coinciding with VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Accessibility – Visitors

Details – The Scottish Crannog Centre

Photo credit: Dita Margarita / Foter / CC BY

ROUND THE TOWER – ABERNETHY

Thursday 25 May

Join the archaeologist to learn about one of Scotland’s most unusual historic sites.

Tickets available soon.

Details – Historic Environment Scotland

ILLUMINATING THE IRON AGE AT MONCREIFFE HILL, PERTHSHIRE

Saturday 22 April – Free Entry

Celebrating the launch of Perth and Kinross Archaeology Year with a torch-lit procession through the illuminated woodland of Moncreiffe Hill. Experience the sound of a prehistoric horn echoing across the ramparts of Moredun Top hillfort and immerse yourself in a reconstructed prehistoric Perthshire through virtual reality stations positioned around the hill.

Details and Booking – Woodland Trust

Image: Smart History

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS FESTIVAL 2017

Friday 01 September – Saturday 30 September

The Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017 will celebrate the rich cultural and history and heritage of the Kinross area, most notably it’s famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The event will commemorate Mary’s life as Kinross poignantly marks the 450 year relationship with the Castle on Loch Leven Island where she was held captive and where spent some of her most troubled years, and the end of her reign in 1567.

The festival will take place over a weekend in September (exact dates tbc) and the programme will include living history encampments, music, food and drink and a programme of children’s entertainment to explore; all activities will guarantee a great day out.

Details – Mary Queen of Scots Festival

Image via Mary Queen of Scots Festival

Archaeology is for everyone.

It’s about you, me and all the people who’ve gone before us. It’s about identities and a sense of belonging. It’s about getting muddy – or staying laboratory clean – and having fun. It’s about discovering and telling Scotland’s stories. So make sure you get out and about during Dig It! 2017