Community Archaeological dig

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The Royal Castle of Tarbert is a Scheduled Monument of national importance community owned since 2004 and now a Heritage Park open to the public 24/7 .

In the intervening 13 years some £1 M has been donated or sourced from numerous grant giving organisations which together with many hundreds of hours of volunteer time has been invested in consolidating the ruins, clearing the site, interpreting the structures and opening up public access. Volunteers including families and young people have a maintenance program in place with regular working parties supported by the community and part of the village community plan.

In 2013 a detailed desk top historical investigation and non invasive survey of the monument was carried out guided by Archaeologist Roderick Regan with the participation of community volunteers. This documented evidence forms the basis of the current proposals for further Archaeological investigation.

Tarbert Castle Trust has commissioned Roderick Regan to take this exploration further by preparing a detailed project design in discussion with Historic Environment Scotland with the proposal that an Archaeological dig be carried out with a number of partner organisations including Kilmartin museum and local schools to achieve the following broad aims.

  • To investigate the ruined structures further and add to recorded information currently available including early beginnings of a fort on the site.
  • To train and involve community volunteers in the techniques of Archaeological investigation.
  • To introduce young people to historical research and archaeology through local schools, and visiting youth groups.
  • To add information to existing site interpretation for the benefit of the wider public who as visitors to the area now access the site in increasing numbers.   

We are confident that, this further exploration of our community asset will benefit those who directly participate both adult and young people, increase community respect for our local heritage, and add to the accumulated historical record of our castle’s royal history.    

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