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12 September 2019Meeting Thursday 19th September 2019

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Archaeology and the historic environment — in Scotland’s National Forests

Forestry and Land Scotland archaeologist Matt Ritchie describes the various aspects of his role within Scotland’s newest agency. A range of illustrated case studies will explore the protection, conservation and presentation of the historic environment on Scotland’s national forests and land. From research and record, through conservation and protection, to learning and interpretation, the various case studies will include the terrestrial laser scanning and historic archival research at the 19th century farmstead of the Wee Bruach in Loch Ard Forest; landscape scale conservation management of the WWII coastal crust in Lossie Forest; creative archaeological visualisation at the Iron Age hillforts of Dun da Lamh in Strathspey and Castle Hill at Glentress; and exploring the Neolithic in Scotland’s native woodlands using The First Foresters learning resource. Illustrations will include laser scans, done-based photogrammetric terrain models, artistic reconstructions, abstract linocuts and even DIY Very Archaeological Cut-Outs.

Matt Ritchie is the archaeologist for Forestry and Land Scotland, one of a team of national environment advisors providing advice and guidance in relation to the protection, conservation and presentation of the environment on Scotland's national forests and land. His particular interests are the methodology and visualisation of archaeological measured survey; the potential for place-based archaeology within schools and outdoor learning; and the integration of archaeology and the historic environment within wider land management and the ecosystems approach. He describes his role as to ‘top and tail’ projects: assessing cultural significance and identifying opportunities; developing and commissioning work; and communicating the results to wider communities of interest.

Cromarty History Society meets in the West Church Hall, Cromarty at 7.30pm on the the third Thursday of each month, September - April

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