We were taken to the land owned by the Rollos. Much of Dunning and its environs have been owned by the Rollo family since medieval times. Past Keltie Castle, near Lawbank Burn, we walked along lanes through farmers fields. Before we started, Michael Given (who is my advisor) and Tessa Poller (one of the archaeologists in charge of the field school) talked to us about landscape archaeology - and they told us to look around us and try and learn from what we saw. The path up which we had just walked was somewhat deep, with a bank lined with trees on one side of it. Someone pointed this out, and Michael said that probably that portion of the path had been in use since late medieval times!
Then we walked into one of the fields, 20 metres apart, and walked through the field, looking for any visible signs of archaeology.
|The late medieval pathway.|
|A wee frog!|
|On top of the remains of the building. Possibly a house?|
|There was a small quarry nearby.|
|Approaching the farm - one of the cottages is on the left.|
|The letter-slot and knocker on one of the cottage doors.|
|A curious rounded barn wall - it wasn't completely circular, though.|
|The other side of the barn.|
|Inside one of the barns.|