In 2014 we commission place name expert Peter McNiven of Glasgow University to research the origin of the placenames in Glenshee and how they have changed over time. The fascinating results are included in his report here...interestingly only one placename appears to have a Pictish origin (Persie, see page 41). Peter did reveal however that the later gaelic speakers did associate many of the natural features and existing archaeological sites in the landscape with Fin mac Cumhail (or Finn MaCool), the hero of gaelic legend! Read on...
Many of our small finds are currently being researched by specialists, including the stone and ceramic artefacts, and the potentially important metalwork from the site. We were recently delighted to receive a report, by Ewan Campbell of Glasgow University, on the very unusual miniature glass bead we uncovered in 2013. He has confirmed that the find is a extremely rare in a Scottish context and is of a type better known from Anglo-Saxon pagan burials; very small beads, sometimes referred to as spacer beads, often strung with others in a necklace.
Our fair in the Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie, was a huge success - attended by an estimated 600 people over the three hour event. The fair brought together archaeologists, living history re-enactors, and crafts-folk to help tell the story of the archaeological digs to the broader public. So having talked to some Picts, and heard some story-telling, you could do some woodcraft or make a pot, or talk to experts on subjects as diverse as place-names to the study of pollen in the peats at Glenshee. We even had the original finds from the dig on site, with our Black Smith making replicas of the buckles and blades...how cool is that?
With thanks to the 'Glasgow Vikings' re-enactment group; pot-maker Nicola Hope; Blacksmith Simon Lidwell; place-name expert Peter McNiven; Richard Tipping and Danny Paterson (pollen and peat); Clive and Dick from Community treeCycle; Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Local History Trust; and the Glenshee Archaeology Project - Dave Sneddon and Steve Black (Northlight Heritage) and David Strachan and Sarah Malone (PKHT).
2014 June excavations were a great success - thanks to the efforts of all of our volunteers... and look out for our Living History Event in the Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie on the 23rd August 2014.
More info to follow over the next few weeks...so watch this space!
We will be excavating from 6-9 June and from 23-28 June this year.
Visits to the site are welcome from between 10 am and 4pm - and a short tour will be provided.
Hello from the GAP Team!