The Shieling Project is a social enterprise working with teachers and young people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of shieling life and its significance today. Each summer, young people all over Scotland would play an integral role in taking the livestock up to hill or moorland pastures, camping there in small huts/bothies, learning about the world beyond the village.
In 2009, terrible flooding hit the county of Cumbria in northwest England, causing extensive damage. As the flood water flowed through Cockermouth, it cut a channel in Broomlands field on the outskirts of the town. When the water level began to subside, local people reported finding fragments of worked stone and Roman pottery.
Weighing in at a few grammes, and measuring only 25mm long, a tiny scraper discovered by an amateur archaeologist on the Schlögen loop of the River Danube, Upper Austria, tells a story of trade and society in Central Europe over 5,000 years ago, and helps piece together a long forgotten way of life.
A peat core taken from Ravelrig Bog, close to a number of later prehistoric settlements to the west of Edinburgh, contained palaeoenvironmental material spanning the entire Holocene period. The publication of the results of this work reveals evidence of human impact on the landscape from the Neolithic right up to the present day.