Guided walks on offer at public open day to showcase the history of Tullos Hill

28 August 2012

A public open day will be held on Aberdeen's Tullos Hill on Saturday [September 01] to showcase the historical secrets unearthed by a team of archaeologists.

For the past two weeks, professionals from CFA Archaeology have been joined by volunteers on the hill to investigate its rich and varied past.

Saturday's open day will run from 10am-4pm and visitors aged 14 and up will be able to try some digging or simply visit the excavation areas and watch the digging. The archaeologists will also be on hand to answer any questions about the site.

The two excavation areas will be signposted from the Nigg Caravan Park, Altens Farm Road, where parking is available. The caravan park is also easily accessed by the number three bus service from the city centre.

There will be two guided tours during the day, starting at 11am and 2pm and leaving from the Nigg Caravan Park. The tours are free of charge but numbers are limited so booking in advance is essential by calling 01224 337714.

Visitors to the open day are asked to wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing.

Tullos Hill has long been known as an important archaeological site because of the four Bronze Age burial cairns there: Cat Cairn; Baron's Cairn; Crab's Cairn; and Tullos Cairn, which are scheduled as monuments of national significance.

At the other end of the historic timeline Tullos Hill was the location of an anti-aircraft battery and later a prisoner of war camp in World War II. A few remnants of hut bases from that era survived on the hill.

For many years it was thought that landfill operations since the 1960s had destroyed any other historic remains, but a survey by archaeologists from CFA Archaeology in 2004 recorded the presence of around 150 other archaeological features, ranging in date from prehistory to World War II.

Judith Stones, Aberdeen City Council's lead curator (local history and archaeology), said: "The guided tours are a great opportunity to enjoy a healthy walk and find out more about the history, archaeology and natural history of Tullos Hill, in the context of past and present waste management.

"It is also possible just to visit the excavation areas, or to have a go at digging."

The community dig will continue until September 4 and there is still time for people to get involved. Volunteers can sign up by contacting CFA Archaeology by calling 0131 273 4380 or e-mailing