Pictish talk to focus on exciting new finds

THE Pictish Arts Society is pleased to welcome Dr Fraser Hunter, who will deliver the first talk of the New Year at Pictavia, Brechin on Friday, January 20.

Dr Hunter is Head of Later Prehistory and Early History in the Department of Archaeology at the National Museum of Scotland.

He is a well-known expert in the field of metal and jet working at that period, and has devoted much time to the study of Roman and native interaction and to the development of Celtic Art in North Britain.

His association with Moray is of some standing; he excavated the site where the famous Deskford carnyx was found between 1994 and 1996.

More recently, 2010 saw the last season of a ten year programme of work close to Birnie Kirk which uncovered evidence of occupation from the late prehistoric period, with two Roman coin hoards and a wealth of other material evidence. (Dr Hunter described some of this work to an audience at Pictavia several years ago).

2011 saw him turn his attention to an area some ten miles from Birnie, and close to the Pictish fort at Burghead.

Over a number of years, metal detector finds from periods from prehistory to medieval had suggested that there may be something interesting concealed here.

Aerial photographs and geophysical survey had indicated that there were ancient structures in the area.

Dr Hunter will describe some of the exciting new finds that he and his team made here last year.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talk. The talk is free to members and £2.50 to non-members.