About the project

Whiteadder: The Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs is an archaeological  project that gives you the opportunity to investigate the history of your local landscape!

The project will use LiDAR survey to identify new sites and new elements of existing sites to contribute to the archaeological record of the Lammermuirs. Volunteers will be able to participate in LiDAR and mapping workshops (find out more about LiDAR here) to learn how LiDAR is viewed and interpreted.

The LiDAR information will be used by volunteers working with professional archaeologists in the field to identify sites through a ‘ground truthing’ survey – using all the available desk based information in conjunction with a walkover inspections of the area to interpret field remains.

Programmes of topographic and geophysical survey will also be used where possible to enhance the LiDAR and field survey results and inform further investigations.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to get involved in an excavation through the project. Eight excavation sites will be chosen for investigation from the collated data, community interest and existing information. These excavations will run throughout summer and autumn 2019 and will involve several onsite workshops in excavations skills, finds identification, sampling and site recording.

Several community based talks and guided walks will form the summer outreach programme and give participants the chance to understand more about the Lammermuir hills throughout time from local and regional experts as well as getting to visit their local heritage sites.

Local schools and children will have an opportunity to be involved in workshops and excavations coordinated by AOC’s Public Archaeology team to contribute to their learning and understanding of their heritage.

The culmination of the project will see results of excavations and post excavation analysis presented to the community in winter 2019, a production of various publications and a mobile app.

Want to get involved with this exciting project? Head over to our contact page here to register your interest!