Thursday, April 14, 2005


Free talk about Cup Marks, Cairns And Camps


Aberdeen City
April 13, 2005

A free lunchtime talk at Aberdeen Maritime Museum next week will explore Aberdeen's wide variety of rich archaeological remains.

Around 10,000 years ago, people started to fish and hunt in the area that would become known as Aberdeen, while 55 years ago, German prisoners-of-war were held in a camp just south of the City.

As Assistant Archaeologist Alison Cameron will explain, both groups left evidence for archaeologists to study.

Her illustrated talk, entitled Cup marks, cairns and camps, will also look at what happened in between.

Thousands of years ago, people hunted and fished around the Dee, Don and Denburn and left fragments of tools for archaeologists to find.

During the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, people still made tools but they also buried their dead in cists and cairns and built stunning monuments, including stone circles.

The Romans visited the area and left a temporary marching camp on the edge of the City, while the medieval period produced churches and left archaeological deposits full of pottery and organic remains. These have allowed archaeologists to find out so much about the history of this area.

The talk will also look at several post-medieval buildings which still survive in the City, and several more which have been excavated, including a Pottery which closed in 1964.

Following the talk, Alison will answer questions about the archaeology of the City of Aberdeen.

The event will be held at Aberdeen Maritime Museum on Wednesday, April 20, from 12.30pm to around 1pm.

Admission to the museum and talk is free but advance booking is essential - please call (01224) 337714 to reserve a place.

* Aberdeen City Council's Archaeology Unit is committed to preserving and recording the City's past and making it more available to the public. To find out more or get involved in local archaeological work, call (01224) 523658.


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