Second lecture scheduled for Pictish Society

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THE SECOND lecture in the 2012/2013 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Martin Cook MA on Friday, November 16.

The title of his lecture will be ‘The full excavation of a Pictish Barrow Cemetery at Bankhead of Kinloch’.

Martin is currently project manager at AOC Archaeology Group, managing both his own and other colleagues’ projects. He has worked across Scotland on various sites and periods, directing over 25 excavations.

In the last two years he has managed the excavations at the site of the Commonwealth Games (for a year), but has been mostly working on the Roman forts at Cramond and Camelon.

Martin was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained an MA Honours in Archaeology, and has several journal publications to his credit.

Previous work included analysis of 4,000+-year old pots recovered during the 2005 AOC Archaeology Group excavation of two graves at Upper Largie, near Kilmartin in Argyll and Bute. This provided exciting evidence linking this part of Scotland with the Netherlands during the Copper Age, and with Ireland and Yorkshire during the Early Bronze Age.

These excavations, directed by Martin, revealed the graves on the gravel plateau at the northern end of the valley. Together with previous excavations sponsored by quarry operator M & K McLeod Ltd, the 2005 excavations revealed a complex Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual landscape on the plateau, with monuments including an Early Neolithic cursus and an Early Bronze Age timber circle, 46 metres in diameter.

Martin has also been responsible for large scale evaluations and excavations including Tron Kirk, Edinburgh; Pitlethie multi-phased site, Fife; Grantown Road Iron Age settlement, Forres; Dunning Vallum, Perthshire.

He has been Site Director of a series of Human Remains Call off Contract and Infrastructure/roads jobs on behalf of Historic Scotland.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7pm for a 7.30pm 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.