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Midross

Have you ever wondered what golf and burnt human bone have in common?

Hidden beneath the smooth greens of the Carrick Golf Course at Midross on the shores of Loch Lomond lies 10,000 years of history. Archaeological excavations that took place between 2003 and 2005 tell a long and exciting story of Mesolithic hunter gatherers, Bronze Age cremations, settlement, farming, craft activity and over 80 burials. The early 9th and 10th century AD burials contained artefacts emanating from Norway (did Vikings live and die peacefully here?). Experts have suggested that the findings of these excavations are of 'considerable' significance.

Changing People Changing Landscapes: excavations at The Carrick, Midross, Loch Lomond, an article written in 2009 by Dr Gavin MacGregor and  published in Historic Argyll, provides a tantalising peek into this past world.

The discoveries at this site mark an important chapter in the story of the Vikings in this part of Scotland, researched and summarized as part of the Hidden Heritage Project by Elizabeth Pierce and Katrina Johnson: "Our story moves northward as our Vikings settle around Loch Long and Loch Lomond to trade with central Scotland and establish an overland route to the east. The hogback at Luss marks part of this journey north as do a number of small objects of personal use and decoration dotted throughout this region. A number of these small objects were discovered in graves found in a small cemetery known as The Carrick. They tell us that as both women and children were buried here, our Vikings were settling in along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond." Read more here.

The excavations were carried out by Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, which has sadly since ceased to exist, on behalf of De Vere Hotels and Leisure Ltd., which has subsequently been taken over, making accessing information from these important excavations frustratingly difficult! We're continuing to make enquiries on behalf of the local community heritage sector to try and ensure that the full results and analysis of these excavations are made widely available to the public as soon as possible. Watch this space!

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