Scotlandís Rural Past

Congratulations to all those involved in Scotland's Rural Past for having been short-listed for the prestigious British Archaeological Awards for Best Archaeological Project on 2008. This five year project is supporting local communities across Scotland (including two in Lismore) to investigate deserted rural settlements dating from the medieval and post-medieval periods. The project, which was launched in October 2006, is hosted by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. These organisations have recognised the need to improve our understanding of rural sites and to encourage their conservation by involving local people to research, record and promote what are in fact vanishing settlements and landscapes. Lismore, and indeed the whole of Argyll and the islands, is covered in these rural settlements and there is much to learn from their investigation.

Pictured above is Tom King, who was visiting from the states, surveying the ruins at Port Charron.

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