Strathmashie Forest Community Heritage project
In 2005, the Laggan Forest Trust worked with Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD) to identify archaeological sites in Strathmashie Wood. This included recording the remains of Druim an Aird township.
Aims of the project
The project involved the local community in undertaking the fieldwork. It aimed to identify any archaeological remains above and below the ground. This would inform the Trust on how to look after and interpret any important remains.
Before doing the fieldwork, GUARD examined historical and map evidence for the area. This process helped them to have a better understanding of what they might be looking for.
Surveying the woods
The fieldwork involved volunteers undertaking a walk over survey of the woods, searching for archaeological features. Once found they recorded its location and made a written and photographic record for it.
The volunteers undertook a more detailed record for Druim an Aird, including a topographic and plan table survey.
On the advice of the resulting report, sheep now regularly graze this site, which stops the vegetation from growing over the remains and allows people to visit and see the township.
Strathmashie Wood is a community forest run in partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and the Laggan Forest Trust. The partners as well as the Cairngorms Leader, CNPA, the Highland Council and the Heritage Lottery funded this community project.