An ‘Enlightened’ Archaeology Fortnight!!

Well that’s it folks, another year, another two weeks of East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight over, and what a glorious two weeks it has been!

We finished up almost on a similar theme to how we started, thinking about East Lothian during that creative period of Scottish history, The Age of Enlightenment. We heard about the role that East Lothian played during the 18th century, its battles of rebellion, grand house-building, and the cutting edge of agricultural improvement, and then actually went out ‘into the field’ and saw how these changes played out in terms of East Lothian’s landscape and its architecture.


Discovering Saltoun Hall Designed Landscape


Exploring the beautiful Balgone Estate

Across the fortnight, there has been a huge range of other walks, talks, exhibitions and events, showcasing the many fascinating, but often little-known aspects of East Lothian’s rich and varied heritage. From the turbulent and important medieval past of the now sleepy hamlet of Morham, to the history of the seven bridges of Musselburgh, through to the excavations at Dirleton Paddock dig, we’ve been entertained, engaged, and most certainly ‘enlightened’ throughout the last two weeks! What has also been apparent, is how well the combination of talking and thinking about some of these subjects marries with the getting out and about, walking around and seeing things for yourself-and even better if both activities can be combined with tea, coffee and some good old homemade cake!


Delving into early medieval evidence at Morham Church


Contemplating some later prehistoric ‘grand-designs’ – North Berwick Law hillfort!

From all of us here at the Archaeology Service, we’d like to say, once again, a big thank you to all the individuals, societies and local groups who contributed to this year’s fortnight. We are hugely grateful for all your hard work and continuing support, and we are looking forward to next September already! Bring it on!

If you are beginning to pine for the joy of sharing all things archaeology and history-related, fear not! Our annual Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology Conference is just around the corner waiting to say hello in November, so do come along to what promises to be another ‘enlightening’ day packed full of great talks-just click on the link here for further information!

Written by Helena Gray - Modified by Susan Forgie

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