An exciting range of archaeology workshops and training opportunities are taking place in Leny Woods over the next few months to help us uncover the area’s historic past and unlock the cultural heritage of Callander.

Leny Woods is situated at the Highland Boundary Fault and holds archaeological sites from the prehistoric, Roman occupation, medieval, and beyond. The sessions are fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and work alongside heritage experts to reveal the secrets of this awe-inspiring place.

The ‘Research’ strand of Callander’s Landscape covers all projects with an archaeological, historical or heritage theme, with the aim of recording, revealing and managing Callander’s cultural and built heritage to help better understand and interpret the area’s past. At the end of the project a legacy of online resources will be created to help bring to life Callander’s heritage for local people and visitors to the area.

The archaeology project began this month with indoor sessions that had volunteers designing their own archaeology projects and undertaking research into the Leny Woods area.

Coming up next are outdoor sessions in Leny Woods itself, including walkover and measured surveys and a woodland walk later in the month where volunteers will hear more about the findings of a historic woodland assessment.

There are still plenty activities planned for April, May and June including charcoal making, the building of a traditional kiln, and excavations. All of these activities are open to the public to come and watch even if they haven’t taken part in any of the archaeology workshops and will allow people a glimpse into the past.

The project will culminate with a week-long experimental archaeology event from the 11th – 18th June that will include building and firing a traditional charcoal kiln, woodland skills demonstrations and information about conservation. The week will be a celebration of the cultural heritage of Leny Woods and will provide a unique opportunity for outdoor learning.

So whether you fancy yourself as the next Indiana Jones or if you would just like to learn more about Callander’s history; there’s plenty of opportunity for everyone to get involved and discover the secrets buried in Leny Woods’ past.

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The Leny Woods Community Archaeology project is funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and is being run by Northlight Heritage. The sessions are completely free to attend and volunteers can sign up for as many sessions as they like with no previous experience necessary. Find out more about the workshops.

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