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Busy May for Viking project

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settlementMAY was a very busy month for the Arrochar-based Hidden Heritage project.

Formally entitled ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers’, the project is using popular interest in Viking history to involve local people.

The main focus is the Vikings and how they used the isthmus between Arrochar and Tarbet, and their influence on the area.

Behind the scheme is the Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust, which has received a 50% grant of £50,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £37,400 from Argyll and the Islands Leader.

One of the organisers, Fiona Jackson, said: “We have completed the geophysics, walkover, plane table and digital surveys, and the Hidden Heritage excavation sites have finally been identified.”

Work started on Tuesday May 7 at Crag an't Serraich, a deserted rural settlement in the middle of the isthmus. The following Tuesday it moved to a possible McFarlan dwelling in Tarbet Playing Field.

From May 21-26 a Pre-improvement site and circular boundary opposite Ballyhennan Church was investigated, and from May 28-30 the excavation was at clearance cairn mounds and a Cenotaph mound beside Church Road.

A free Open Day took place on Saturday May 25 opposite Ballyhennan Church between Arrochar and Tarbet. On Friday May 31, to celebrate the end of the digs, participants were invited to a family Cobbler Ceilidh with a live ceilidh band at the Three Villages Hall.

For further information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The project has a new website, www.hiddenheritage.org.uk, and also has a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HiddenHeritageProject with pictures and for discussion.



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