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Age of Bronze

Throughout February we will be exploring the Age of Bronze! The appearance of wide-spread trade, metal working and the arrival of settlers from the continent brought great change to Scotland’s archaeological landscape during the Bronze Age. New burial practices and architectural styles, including hut circles, henges and field systems, were adopted across the country.

Swaites Hill 'Hero's cairn' - South Lanarkshire

Glancing up from the busy road that traverses the valley of the River Clyde, you can see the remains of what was once a great Early Bronze Age burial cairn silhouetted against a wintry sky. For the inquisitive visitor who steps out of their car a steep climb through the fields of the farm brings an open view of the surrounding landscape and, just as the crest of the ridge is reached, a close-up view of what little is left.

Carpow bank logboat - River Tay, Perth and Kinross

Around 3,000 years ago people living close to the River Tay chose a large oak tree and cut it down, they shaped the log and hollowed out the inside. In this way they made themselves a logboat, around 11 metres long.