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Recent work in Caithness - A RCAHMS Essay

"Caithness is well-known for its spectacular prehistoric monuments, but few of us are as familiar with the remarkable
archives that relate to some of them. From the mid-19th century its Neolithic chambered tombs and Iron Age brochs attracted a who's who of Scottish antiquarians and scholars, and the county was amongst the first to be surveyed by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS 1911). This was in itself a remarkable piece of work, documented in a journal written by Alexander Curle, the first Secretary of the Commission, who visited the majority of the 597 monuments then known between May and September 1910 (RCAHMS MS/36/2). Since that survey, the Royal Commission has carried out relatively little archaeological work in Caithness, so an approach in 2003 by the Caithness Archaeological Trust to carry out a survey of the landscape around Loch of Yarrows and Loch Watenan presented an exciting opportunity...."
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
31st July 2006ce

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