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Bannockburn Big Dig

A partnership between the National Trust for Scotland, Glasgow University’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, Stirling Council, GUARD Archaeology and the BBC, to dig in gardens in the area of the battle in an attempt to find artefacts.

In June 2013, it was announced by archeologists that a lunar calendar found near Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was constructed some 10,000 years ago, and was by far the oldest in the world. The oldest known prior to this discovery was at a site in Mesopotamia estimated to be 5,000 years old.

John Abercromby (1841-1924) Archaeologist

He introduced the term Beaker (as in Beaker people) to the archaeological lexicography.

Ludovic McLennan Mann (1869-1955) Archaeologist and Antiquarian

Glasgow born, he was somewhat ahead of his time in use of what would now be known as experimental archaeology.

SINCLAIR, Sir John of Ulbster (1754-1835)

Born Thurso, Scotland. He was responsible for creation of the Board of Agriculture, of which he was the first president. It was the precursor of what is known today as the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. His Statistical Account of Scotland was compiled during the years 1791 to 1799 in 21 volumes. It was based on returns of formulated questionaires from the ministers of every parish in Scotland, and was the beginning of today’s census. During that mammoth task he was the first to use the words statistics and statistical in the English language. In 1793 the UK government adopted his plan for the issue of Exchequer Bills, saving the possibility of financial ruin. He was also one of the first to record details of certain Scottish archaeological sites.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress