|Our first talk of 2023 was given by Jan Hicks, of Lunesdale Archaeology Society, who spoke about the group’s excavations at High Carlingill. This is a settlement site on the eastern slopes of the Lune valley, close to the Roman Fort at Low Borrowbridge. It was occupied from the late Iron Age into the Romano-British period. This was a particularly interesting talk as SWAAG members were able to compare the site with that at The Hagg.
February’s talk was given by SWAAG member Jane Harrison. She spoke about the archaeological landscape of Kilmartin Glen, in mid-Argyll. This little-known and remote area contains one of Scotland’s largest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. There are cairns, cists, a henge, stone circles and standing stones, as well as rock art. The first animal carvings in Scotland were found there in 2021. The area continued to be important into the historic period. The hillfort of Dunadd was a power base for the Dál Raita, who established trade links across Western Europe.