Craigie pupils last to explore Hill Fort
Broxy Kennels, just off the A9, one mile north of the Inveralmond Roundabout
Craigie Primary School, Perth
This project site was the location of an Iron Age Fort. The challenge was to uncover the site’s secrets before construction work on the Cross Tay Link Road work started.
Local archaeologist Dr Gavin Lindsay accompanied the group.
‘For the pupils, staff and accompanying parents, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience such an extensive hillfort excavation.
‘For young people trying to understand where they've come from and how this knowledge can inform where they're going, nothing comes remotely close to the benefits gained from experiencing archaeology in action and physically touching the past.’
Twenty two pupils from the school were able to look at the vast ditches enclosing the fort, explore the souterrain, or underground chamber, examine the remains of a roundhouse and held Late Prehistoric pottery in their hands.
‘Having opportunities such as this to visit local archaeological sites under investigation really makes a world of difference to these young people's learning. I'm incredibly grateful to the likes of BAM for making sites accessible as learning resources and would warmly encourage other developers to follow this great example of genuine community benefit,’ added Gavin.
The Cross Tay Link Road is phase two of the Perth Transport Futures project which will deliver a more efficient and better-connected transport system and a cleaner city centre environment.