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The Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747–55

02/12/201310:51 am09/04/2014 12:55 pmLeave a Comment

Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, has written this fascinating blog for us, all about the oldest map on our online map search, the Roy Military Survey of Scotland – a beautiful and fascinating historical resource that dates back to the early 1750s. This map, along with all the other historic map layers on our map […]

‘The best conference yet …’

20/11/20131:50 pm27/11/2013 10:07 amLeave a Comment

… according to some!  It was pretty good, with interesting, amusing and thought-provoking papers – and even the food was considered better than last year!   We had 200 attendees from across the Lothians, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders at Queen Margaret’s University in Musselburgh last Saturday. The day got off to a flying start with […]

HELO Workshop

18/11/20135:05 pm20/11/2013 12:43 pmLeave a Comment

The first of three HELO (Heritage East Lothian Online) workshops successfully ran this morning. The workshops aim to teach people how to search through the website successfully, look at archaeological finds and even find family history. A few visitors ready to learn enjoyed the presentation by Helen Bleck and even had a go at searching […]

A hard day's Knight

Getting down and dirty in Dirleton – Part 2

04/10/201311:30 am09/04/2014 1:03 pmLeave a Comment

Previously on Getting down and dirty in Dirleton … The site was surveyed, the trenches de-turfed and all was made ready for day 1. Cue dramatic music. With two trenches open we were ready for action. The digging crew duly arrived, some looking bleary-eyed and grumpy (well OK, that was the Archaeology Service Team!) the rest […]

Getting down and dirty in Dirleton – part 1

26/09/20132:40 pm08/10/2013 9:39 amLeave a Comment

One of the comments that we always get in the Archaeology Service is ‘oh..that must be a really fun job being outside and finding lots of interesting things’ Leaving aside the fact that collectively between us we regularly use up all the supplies of deep heat for East Lothian due to various aches and pains […]

Dirleton Castle Knight

The Archaeology Olympics

20/08/201212:31 pm08/07/2014 2:48 pmLeave a Comment

We all know the Olympics originated with the Greeks, but many of our (gold-winning!) sports have far earlier origins.  Our ancestors went in for real-life Olympics on a daily basis – combat, hunting and fishing, knights readying for battle – all of these are now Olympic sports (martial arts/boxing, javelin/shooting/canoeing, dressage/eventing).  We may not have […]