The history under your feet

Balfarg henge as it was some years ago, before the encroachment of houses.
Balfarg henge as it was some years ago, before the encroachment of houses.

Discover your inner Indiana Jones at Glenrothes talk

Ever wonder what lies beneath the streets of your town - well, the people of Glenrothes are about to find out!

Eminent archaeologist professor Roger Mercer will give a talk on ‘prehistoric Glenrothes and the Scottish Neolithic’ when he visits the T.R.E.E. Centre at Tullis Russell’s papermill on Saturday, October 4 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

The event is the latest in a series of talks, archaeological activities, guided walks and workshops organised by the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) over the last few months, all designed to explain the history of the Lomond Hills and Benarty Hill areas.

During the construction of Glenrothes New Town a major archaeological excavation took place at extraordinary prehistoric ceremonial monuments at Balfarg and Balbirnie, later incorporated into the housing and park plan.

The talk by Professor Roger Mercer, the director of the 1970’s historic dig, will explain the excavations at Balfarg and show the results as they emerged.

Prof Mercer will also explain how work on the topic of Late Neolithic Britain has moved forward because of the evidence provided by the Balfarg excavations.

The Professor has had a distinguished career in archaeology, holding posts including Inspector of Ancient Monuments with the Department of the Environment from 1969 until 1974.

He moved to Edinburgh University in 1974 to lecture in European prehistory, being promoted to reader in 1982 and serving as head of department until 1987. In 1990 he became chief executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, a post he held until his retirement in 2004.

This event is free but there be a small charge for refreshments. For further details of this and other events organised by the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership visit the website or follow LLLP on Facebook and twitter.

Join the Living Lomonds Big Dig team this Sunday from 2 p.m. - 2.30p.m.

Living Lomonds archaeologist Oliver O’Grady of OJT Heritage, will give a talk on the archaeology of the Lomonds, an overview of the ‘Big Dig’ so far and explain finds and plans for the dig for the Pictish hillfort on East Lomond.

There’s no need to book just meet the team near the summit of East Lomond.

The Big Dig itself takes place from Wednesday, September 24 - Sunday, September 28.

Discover your inner Indiana Jones by digging for ancient Pictish symbol stones and other old treasure!

The Big Dig Open Day takes place on Saturday, September 27 from 11.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m.