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Greens of the Bronze Age explored

BBC Two's That Mitchell and Webb Look - Stone Age men on Bronze Orientation Day
Local resources were to the fore in the Bronze Age

The environmentally-friendly lifestyles of our ancestors are to be explored during next month's Highland Archaeology Festival.

The Archa'ECO'logy event will be led by staff at Bettyhill's Strathnaver Museum, which has artefacts from the Bronze Age.

Other festival events will look at former coffin and funeral trails, deserted crofts and military roads.

The festival, supported by Highland Council, runs from 4-19 October.

Rock painting

Rachel Skene, of Strathnaver Museum, said visitors will be given an introduction to local archaeology, roundhouses and the sustainable materials used to make them.

The extent to which people in the past relied on local resources rather than imported goods will also be examined.

A tinsmith and wood worker will give demonstrations during the event.

Also on the festival programme will be the Massacre Land Rover Safari, a guided tour in Glencoe of sites linked to the 1692 killing of members of the MacDonald clan.

While Can you survive the Stone Age? at Aigas Field Centre near Inverness will encourage children to try out rock painting, build a summer shelter and take a closer look at Bronze and Iron Age sites.

Tain and District Museum will also host a Stone Age Day.


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