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From stones to bones: studying Scottish coastal change with SCAPE and Dynamic Coast

Eroding coastal heritage sites documented by volunteers through SCHARP are valuable because they are based on field observations so are true records of what is actually happening at the coast. … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mesolithic oaks to Mulberry Harbours – 8,000 years of history along the Solway Firth

One of the joys of coastal archaeology is that it encompasses sites of all types and periods. A recent recording visit to three stretches of the Solway coast with the … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Picts and the Wemyss Caves

The nation of the Picts, the Roman-named ‘painted ones’, or possibly the Latin form of a forgotten native name, emerged from the tribal societies of late Iron Age Scotland through … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Exploring the Clyde with Britain at Low Tide

This week, Channel 4’s Britain at Low Tide comes to Scotland to explore the archaeology of the Clyde…here we give you a bit more about one of the stories that … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Britain at Low Tide – Behind the Scenes

The second series of Britain at Low Tide (Channel 4) features two episodes filmed in Scotland, and the programme is a great opportunity to show off some of our stunning Scottish coastal archaeology. … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk: A Model of Volunteer Involvement in the Research and Management of a Threatened National Resource

This article was originally written for the January 2018 edition of the Society of American Archaeology’s magazine the Archaeological Record, and is reproduced here so that non-members can read it. … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Uncovering the hidden heritage of Higgins Neuk

Last month saw us return to Higgins Neuk for our third season of investigation. Building on 30 years of historical research by John Reid, we were on the hunt for … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A medieval Royal dockyard at the Clackmannanshire Bridge?

If you crossed the Clackmannanshire Bridge one weekend in early October, you might have seen clusters of people, conspicuous against the green and brown of the salt marsh in yellow, … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Submerged forests and fishing heritage in the Western Isles

In May, we were happily again in the Western Isles discovering new places with new friends and revisiting familiar sites with old ones. We were lucky to spend time on … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pettycur’s 17th century storm-wrecked harbour revealed

In October 2015, shifting sand at Pettycur beach near Kinghorn in Fife revealed the outlines of a stone structure on the beach. The site is well-known locally. A cannon was … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Storms reveal a shipwreck burial, a new broch and a wheelhouse in Channerwick, Shetland

We start our story in December 2012, when winter storms exposed a male human skeleton awkwardly squashed into a too small grave at the foot of the coast edge in … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

A broch blog

Brochs are amongst the most spectacular of eroding coastal archaeology, and in the course of SCHARP, we have seen and recorded quite a few of them. Many thousands of these … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Recording Loch Ryan’s flying boat base, RAF Wig Bay

The RAF Wig Bay ShoreDIG got underway in March with the survey of the remains of the flying boat base. Set up in 1942, this was Britain’s main wartime base for … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wemyss Caves 4D continues…

The Wemyss Caves are once again at the centre of a digital whirlwind. Thanks to funding from Fife Council, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, teams from the York … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Findhorn Bay Zulus

Scattered along the Culbin edge of Findhorn Bay lie the remains of at least 35 large wooden fishing boats. These are extremely rare survivals of the once common mighty Zulu … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A blog post from Uist – the view from SCHARP volunteers.

The visits to Uist by team members from the SCHARP and ACCORD project to carry out training in their respective surveying techniques a few weeks apart in the early autumn … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Remembering the Flying Boat Base at Wig Bay, Loch Ryan

The latest ShoreDIG at Wig Bay, Loch Ryan, has its roots at the start of the SCHARP project. It was nearly two years ago that the SCHARP team first visited … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 2: A very special vessel

Amongst the mud punts and the schooners at Newshot Island was one very unusual looking boat. Made of metal, the vessel, when seen from above, had a distinctive chamber at … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 1: The Mystery of the Burned Schooners

While looking at Google Earth, a sharp-eyed SCHARP volunteer spotted numerous wrecks on the foreshore of the Clyde near the Erskine Bridge. A search on Canmore, the national online database … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Adventures in Lewis and the Uists

Summer fades quickly in northern Scotland, and we were so pleased to fit in a week in the Western Isles before the nights draw in and the wind starts to … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment