Sunday, February 16, 2014


Scotland’s hillforts are amongst the most visible ancient monuments in the landscape; they are often large, in very prominent locations and are both physically and intellectually accessible. The majority of these hillforts are recognised to be of national significance, yet most of them remain under researched.

Murray Cook, Stirling Council’s Archaeology Officer is on a mission to raise their profile through key-hole excavation and community engagement. In September 2011, Murray, along with Claire Bird of the Stirling Council Rangers Service and the Cowane’s Hospital Trust undertook four days of excavation on the hillfort at Abbey Craig. The site is better known for the iconic 150 year old National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Sir William Wallace’s achievements at the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297) and the Wars of Independence

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