29th Aug – 13th Sept 2020 An exciting opportunity to celebrate East Lothian’s heritage in new ways, and to safely explore historic buildings and archaeological sites, without leaving home! There is an exciting programme of over 60 events – from virtual guided tours, presentations and films to workshops, poetry, and music, all about the heritage … Read More
Whiteadder: Heart of the Lammermuirs Festival
Between 2-5th May 2020 we hosted a very successful online event to celebrate what would have been the 220th birthday of Dr George Henderson of Chirnside (1800-1860). The events were posted on the project’s Facebook page where you can still watch, read, listen and comment on them all! Over the next few days we will be adding some … Read More
A Medieval Sheepcote in the Bothwell Water Valley?
During the first week of February, archaeologists and volunteers descended on the Bothwell Water Valley to undertake some targeted excavation of a previously unrecorded long building visible on the Whiteadder LiDAR survey. The building measures approximately 50m long x 7.5m wide and consists of low turf covered banks of at least 1m wide with fairly straight sides and rounded … Read More
Striking Out at Abbey St Bathans
In February, we headed back out into the field to explore a couple of sites, one in Abbey St Bathans and a second nearby, on the other side of the valley. AOC’s geophysical survey team came up from Leeds to conduct geophysical surveys, and to provide another opportunity for training – many thanks to everyone … Read More
A small group gathered at the Volunteer Arms in Dunbar on Friday 10th January 2020 to look at and discuss various place-names in the Whiteadder project area. It was a very successful workshop with great input from all. The items discussed will be posted as a page on this website, including a downloadable PDF containing … Read More
Berwickshire placenames — where are the adders?
It is hard not to think about snakes when you hear the name Whiteadder. But were there ever any here? If you are at all intrigued by the mysterious place-names of this area, the interactive map on the Berwickshire Place-name resource is a great way to find out more. berwickshire-placenames.glasgow.ac.uk The Scottish Borders area has … Read More
Witches of Whiteadder
A new map-based website produced by Edinburgh University gives a fascinating insight into a darker time in our history. The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft highlights and names all the people who are known to have been accused of witchcraft in Scotland during the 1600s. https://witches.is.ed.ac.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3ibTymfawgpoCYD7QvIQ45Cht36i8b1dBrxSyuCKAYA901Dw0vlQl9GJY As you’ll see, there were quite a few here in … Read More
Morham: Lost Castle Found?
Morham: Lost Castle Found? From the 27th to the 31st of August this year AOC Archaeology welcomed over 45 visitors and volunteers to the site of Morham Castle in East Lothian. This was the first excavation for the Whiteadder: Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs project which aims to find out more about the archaeological landscape … Read More