Mapping Lismores Rural Past

22 June 2007

Dr Tertia Barnett introduced islanders to the programme that could see the mapping of several abandoned townships and rural dwellings in the next four years.

The four-strong Scotland's Rural Past (SRP) team will work with locals providing training and support to anyone who would like to develop their own heritage projects. It will be supported by colleagues from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) who will give expert advice and training in archaeological field-surveying, recording sites through drawing and photography and researching historic documents. 

Dr Barnett told us that if we are to understand our history we need to locate and investigate settlements before they disappear forever and their story is lost. Over the next five years, at least forty local projects will be set up across every region of Scotland to document the location and condition of these abandoned rural settlements and promote their future conservation.

Throughout Lismore there are grass covered mounds, overgrown walls and lengths of drystane dyke, some still standing, others barely there at all. These remains of  abandoned rural settlements and ways of life often date back hundreds of years Many are in danger of disappearing completely as they crumble away over time, and are vulnerable to destruction from construction work, the changing needs of modern farming and other land uses.

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