iron age

Case Study: Iron Age roundhouse, The Black Spout wood, nr Pitlochry

Interior of the roundhouse, Image © Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

Through community excavations, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has contributed to our understanding of monumental Iron Age buildings in Scotland. The Black Spout helps us understand how the brochs and duns, predominately found in the north and west of Scotland, may relate to large timber round houses in the lowlands and east coast.

Case Study: Kintore, Aberdeenshire: shining light into a black hole

The later prehistoric and early medieval settlement record of Aberdeenshire has until recently been poorly understood. The Aberdeenshire Iron Age has been described as a black hole (Haselgrove et al 2001, 25) and portrayed as a blank (Cunliffe 2005, 599; Bradley 2007, 287); the Early Medieval Period dismissed as lacking in centralized authority (Alcock 2000, 8; RCAHMS 2007, 116; Fraser 2009, 66). In large this part is connected with an absence of any tradition of excavation (Ralston et al 1983, 149).