May 24, 2022

The Brookie Canals, located just north of the city on the river, is thought to have been used at least since the Bronze Age, which began in Scotland about 4,500 years ago.

Now, the hill fort will soon disappear from the scene as construction continues on the new cross-tie link road this summer.

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An artist’s impression of the £ 118m bridge over the Tay River north of Perth. PIC: Collaborated.

The bridge will cross the river with a four-mile road connecting A94 and A9 just north of Scone, just north of the Inveralmond Roundabout.

The trail is designed to reduce congestion and pollution in Perth City Center, and archaeologists are now working to get as much information as possible before leaving the mountain fort.

Sophie Nicole of Perth and Converse Heritage Trust and Curator of Cross Tie Link Road said the Brookie Canals were “extraordinary” because they were not preserved as a national monument.

Ms Nicole said: “It’s an extraordinary monument. It may not be nationally safe, but I think it’s as important as any other mountain fortress and it needs to be treated that way.

Archaeologists are surveying Brookie Canals, an ancient mountain fortress just north of Perth, which will be massively demolished to make way for a new bridge. Photo: PKHT.

Most of the hill fort is coming out. Rarely do you get the chance to do really, really good excavations of a mountain fort. They are not often excavated at this level. They are often underdeveloped. “

Ms Nicole said the general area was “dense” throughout history, from the prehistoric period to the medieval period.

He added: “Historically, the river has been a really important part of settlement and power, from the transportation of goods to the monitoring of people’s actions. The river Tay has been very important.

He added that the site for the bridge was chosen to avoid known archeological sites, including the Gold Castle Prehistoric settlement east of the river in Strathtay, east of the river, to the Grassy Walls Roman Camp near Old Schn. Is.

But as the time for the Broxy Kennels draws to a close, archaeologists are stepping in to make a complete record of life there. Burnt grain grains found in underground storage chambers – or sutterrains – are thought to date from the late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age, and pottery sheds from the same period. Come from

Ms Nicole added: “We are looking at possibly several stages of occupation. We will try to establish the first settlement there and how it has developed over time.”

GUARD Archeology has been contracted to excavate the site to assist archeology students at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Ms Nicole said the bridge was being built by BAM Nuttall, who “really took the excavation on board”.

Over time, large bronze-era artifacts have been found in the Perth area. In 2006, PKHT excavated and recovered the Late Bronze Edge logboat from Tay Estuary near the city. Numerous Bronze Age swords have also been found in the water. Prominent weapons were probably deposited in the river as offerings to the gods.

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