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Our Castle of Kings : Community Archaeological Dig

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Tarbert Castle

(www.tarbertcastle.info)

Harbour Street

TARBERT (LOCH FYNE)

PA29 6UD

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In May and June 2019, we will run an archaeologist-led community dig at our Royal Castle of Tarbert - our very own Castle of Kings. In the course of the project, we’ll explore the Castle ruins and extend our knowledge of our heritage.

The dig project will give people of all ages a chance to get involved - and that includes you!

We'll be pleased to have your support for a full day or a half day, and, if you can manage along on more than one day or half day, that too would be great.

On many of the days, the emphasis will be on involvement of school students and youth groups. However, on the dates offered via our free ticket scheme on this website, we hope to have the support also of public volunteers, and we anticipate that these will be a mixture of local people and visitors to the area. Family groups will be welcome, as there are roles for (nearly) all ages.

First, pick the date of your choice, then click on Register to select your choice of ticket type, as follows:-

Our Keen Digger option is for those of you who can commit a day at a time, whilst, if a half day would suit you better, we offer our Morning Person and Lazy Afternoon...Not! ticket options.

None of us can be sure what we'll turn up, but it's bound to be exciting and to produce a few surprises. And, of course, taking part is free of charge - we're only too happy to have your willing help and support.

Please note that 25, 26, and 27 June 2019 are scheduled currently as Backfilling & Clearing-Up Days.



BACKGROUND

The Royal Castle of Tarbert is a scheduled monument of national importance, and has been community-owned since 2004.

Standing on its plateau above the picturesque fishing harbour, its history can be traced back at least as far as the 13th century, and it was a strategic possession of Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) during his reign as King Robert I of Scotland.

Today, the Castle and its immediate surroundings serve also as a heritage park - open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Since 2004, we (Tarbert Castle Trust) have raised roughly £1 million, which has allowed us to (i) save the Castle from what was inevitable deterioration, and (ii) develop the surrounding landscape, in a responsible manner, as a rich educational and recreational resource.

Over the weekend 30 June - 1 July 2018, a party of volunteers, led, trained, and supervised by professional archaeologist Roderick Regan, carried out a preliminary dig on recreational land at Bruce Hill, Tarbert, adjacent to the Castle grounds. The purpose was to investigate ancient occupation of the area around the castle. The results were promising, so we’re raring to go in May this year.

OUR METHOD

Mr Regan has prepared a detailed desk-based historical investigation and non-invasive survey of the monument, and a detailed project design in discussion with Historic Environment Scotland. These documents provide both great insight into what is already visible at the Castle and ample justification for this year’s further exploration.

Our Big Dig will take place in partnership with our near-neighbour Kilmartin House Museum, together with local schools and other youth-based groups.

WHY WE’RE DOING THIS

At our Archaeological Dig webpage, you can read more about the aims of our project and the various benefits which it will provide.


PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR OUR DIGGERS

PARKING
Harbour Street, TARBERT (LOCH FYNE), PA29 6UD

PROVIDED
Tools, Coaching, Hot beverages, Snacks

BRING
Gloves, Boots, Kneeling pad, Rainwear, Sun protection

RECOMMENDED
Camera, Your preferred sandwiches and soft drinks


About the Trust

TARBERT CASTLE TRUST (TCT), CHARITY NO. SC043056
On behalf of the community, as defined by the area of the Community Council of Tarbert & Skipness (hereinafter called the “Community”) and the general public good, the purposes of TCT will be: The advancement of heritage by the conservation and maintenance of Tarbert Castle, the advancement of education by archaeological, historical, and cultural research of Tarbert Castle, and the advancement of citizenship by the provision of opportunities to volunteer in the conservation and maintenance of Tarbert Castle.




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Tarbert Castle

(www.tarbertcastle.info)

Harbour Street

TARBERT (LOCH FYNE)

PA29 6UD

United Kingdom

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