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Caithness events featured in new Highland Archaeology Festival

By SPP Reporter

Camster Cairns are among the many archaeological attractions Caithness has to offer.
Camster Cairns are among the many archaeological attractions Caithness has to offer.

A NEW programme of special events has been launched for the 18th Highland Archaeology Festival which gets under way on October 1.

Over one hundred events, most of which are free, are included in the two-week programme which celebrates the archaeology, history, landscape and culture of the North. There is something for everyone – with events ranging from guided walks, family events, self-guided trails, evening lectures and exhibitions.

Co-ordinated by the Highland Council’s historic environment team, the festival’s events are organised by a wide range of community groups, individuals, museums and professional bodies. Programmes are available now from libraries and service points in Caithness.

The festival will end with a two-day conference in Inverness featuring talks about excavations and research across Highland.

Councillor Ian Ross, chairman of the council’s planning, environment and development committee, said: "The Highland Archaeology Festival is firmly established as a key event in our cultural events calendar. Thanks go to all event organisers without whose dedication and hard work the festival would not be possible. It demonstrates the rich archaeological resources that we have in the Highlands and the importance of archaeology as an attraction to bringing people into the area."

In Caithness, locals and visitors are being invited to join Caithness Field Club for a guided walk from Yarrows to Ulbster, taking in Yarrows broch and wag, hut circles, cairns and lime kilns; try out prehistoric bushcrafts at Auckengill harbour, and discover wind and water power 19th-century style at Castletown.

For more information visit www.highland.gov.uk/archaeology

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