What can archaeology contribute to the 19th-century history of Bennachie? A recent collaborative effort between the University of Aberdeen and the Bailies of Bennachie is beginning to shed new light on the cultural landscape of the Colony site. Two seasons of shovel test-pitting and a single season deturfing 19th- century crofting structures indicates a much richer and more ambiguous legacy of the so-called ‘squatters’, who once called Bennachie home. Initial observations suggest an interesting amount of internal variation at the site, hinting at various forms of social and economic distinction. At the same time, other patterns suggest important commonalities with contemporary rural settlements. The creation of a variety of data sets has prompted many new questions and has set the stage for future research collaborations.
|Title of host publication||Bennachie and the Garioch|
|Subtitle of host publication||Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland|
|Place of Publication||Chapel of Garioch|
|Publisher||The Bailies of Bennachie|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2013|
|Publisher||Bailies of Bennachie|
- Historical Archaeology
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Oliver, J. M., Noble, G., Shepherd, C., Knecht, R., Milek, K. B., & Sveinbjarnarson, O. G. (2013). Historical Archaeology and the 'Colony': Reflections on fieldwork at a 19th-century settlement in rural Scotland. In C. Shepherd (Ed.), Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and the Ecology in the History of North-East Scotland (pp. 103-124). (Bennachie Landscapes; No. 2). Chapel of Garioch: The Bailies of Bennachie.