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H 290 x W 205 mm

336 pages

232 figures, 26 tables (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781803276588

Digital: 9781803276595

DOI 10.32028/9781803276588

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Archaeology; Scotland; Fort; Hillfort; Iron Age; Estuary; Rivers; Roundhouse; Timber-laced; Wall; Rampart

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Three Forts on the Tay: Excavations at Moncreiffe, Moredun and Abernethy, Perth and Kinross 2014–17

By David Strachan, Martin Cook, Dawn McLaren

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Despite a resurgence in Scottish fort studies, few sites have been investigated, especially at the scale reported in this volume. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (with AOC Archaeology Group) excavated three hilltop forts on the Tay estuary to explore their enclosing works and internal buildings, uncovering an impressive assemblage of small finds.



1. Introduction

2. Moncreiffe fort

3. Moredun fort: survey and excavation results

4. Moredun fort: the small finds

5. Moredun: environmental evidence

6. Castle Law, Abernethy

7: Discussion and conclusions


Appendix A: Archaeological sites in the area

Appendix B: Moncreiffe small finds catalogue

Appendix C: Moredun small finds catalogue


About the Author

David Strachan has worked in curatorial field archaeology in Wales, England and Scotland for over 30 years, at both national and local level. As ‘county archaeologist’ with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust over the last 20 of these, he has led several research projects, often delivered through community archaeology. They range from the recovery of the Late Bronze Age logboat from Carpow on the Tay estuary to the excavation of early medieval longhouses in the uplands of Glen Shee.

Martin Cook is Head of Fieldwork at AOC Archaeology Group and has worked in commercial archaeology since 1999, having managed over 500 fieldwork projects, including over 35 excavations ranging from the prehistoric of Kilmartin Glen to modern industrial structures at the Commonwealth Games site, Glasgow. Martin has worked closely with Historic Environment Scotland on major infrastructure projects, and with the City of Edinburgh Council at the Tron Kirk and Cramond Roman Fort.

Dawn McLaren is Associate Director of Post-Excavation and Head of Artefact Studies at AOC Archaeology Group and has published widely on prehistoric Scotland, with a particular focus on Bronze Age and Iron Age material culture. Her specialisms include the analysis of coarse stone tools, rotary querns, and early ironworking across Britain, and her recent work includes analysis of artefacts from Clachtoll broch, Assynt, and the important assemblage of Neolithic Grooved Ware pottery from Newmills, Perth and Kinross.