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St. Abb’s Head Archaeology – National Trust Thistle Camp

January 20, 2009

St Abb’s Head on the south-eastern Scottish coast is a landmark site for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. This National Nature Reserve is home to thousands of guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills; and to hundreds of shags, fulmars and herring gulls. The property includes Blackpotts, one of an important group of Iron Age hilltop settlements.

Type of work you could do
Over the past 10 years Blackpotts has been suffering from erosion by sheep, rabbits and gorse. Before erecting a protective fence around theɳite we are going to excavate an area of the interior, plus at least one trench across the bank and ditch, to see how well the Iron Age evidence has survived. We will also be producing a detailed survey of the earthworks. The work will be undertaken by professional archaeologists supervising volunteers with various levels of archaeological experience. Volunteers will be able to benefit from some informal training from the archaeologists, including excavation and recording, and the use of electronic survey equipment.

Accommodation summary
You will be staying at the Victoria Villa holiday cottage in the picturesque fishing village of St Abbs. It is only few minutes’ walk from the harbour and near the sandy beach at Coldingham Bay. The cottage has a well-equipped kitchen, living room with an open fire, a dining room, and bathroom with a shower over the bath.

Dates 13 – 20 June 2009

Cost: £150 (£125 concessions)

Limited places available


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