Community Archaeology

Possibly in the region of over 300 generations may have lived in Applecross since the arrival of the first Mesolithic settlers. The first written records date back about thirty generations, comprising only a tenth of the entire habitation history of the area. Only six generations ago, the Clearances were happening.

Much of the unwritten history of Applecross can be read in the landscape through its physical and material remains. National and regional records indicate a significant number of archaeological sites on the peninsula representing many different aspects of the past. These include corn kilns, a holy wells, ancient stone fish traps, a lime kiln, abandoned townships and round houses. Those that are still visible allude to the existence of many more hidden, unknown and forgotten landscape elements waiting to be discovered.

Archaeological evidence provides a picture of habitation over at least the past 8- 9,000 years ranging from ephemeral hunter gatherers vestiges to the more recent industrial past. Roughly nine tenth’s of the habitation history of humans has occurred prior to written records. Archaeology remains a key method through which we can understand the past. Through the Archaeological Society theĀ  local community is taking a leading role in investigating and protecting its past heritage. One of the key sites under investigation since 2005 has been the broch, although further sites are now being researched under the Landscape Partnership Sheme.

One response to “Community Archaeology

  1. I have been looking at your article on corn drying. There used to be a drying kiln of some sort on the seaward side of the old track very close to the house at Salacher. It is all densely wooded in front of the house now and I wonder if the kiln still exists or whether it was destroyed when the road was built.

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