Archaeology & History

The Archaeological and Historical Section of the PSNS was founded in 1948 under the guidance of Dr Margaret Stewart, a very notable and distinguished local archaeologist. In the early years, the section carried out and published important excavations and surveys under her guidance, and she also organised courses and seminars to share her skills and knowledge with the section. For more information about A&H activities contact the section secretary, Eva Bennett, at


The Neolithic Standing Stone at Murrayshall near Scone.

Members of the section are still involved in occasional excavations and surveys under the guidance of professional organisations, but our main activities are a monthly lecture series during the winter, and excursions to monuments, historic buildings and excavations, generally in the summer. We have close links with Archaeology Scotland, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee and various professional and voluntary organisations. Over the years, as well as contributing papers to the Society’s journal, the Section has issued several important complete publications:

We welcome visitors and new members.


Wed 30th May    Market Knowe, Longforgan with Abertay Historical Society Fieldwork Division

Meet Broxden Park and Ride 6.00pm. Please wear stout footwear.

Wed 13th June   “Walking in the bloody footsteps of James I” with David Bowler

Meet Perth Museum and Art Gallery 6.30pm

Sat 30th June       St Vigeans Stones and Museum in the morning and the Aberlemno stones in the afternoon

St Vigeans Museum – Adult £5, concession £4, HES members free

Meet Broxden Park & Ride at 9.15am

Sun 15th July       Linlithgow Palace and Torphican Preceptory with Adrian Cox of Historic Environment Scotland

Linlithgow Palace – Adult £6, concession £4.80, HES members free.

Torphican Preceptory – Adult £2, concession £1.50, HES members free.

If time allows we may visit St Michael’s Church

Meet Broxden Park and Ride at 9.15am

Sun 26th August  Sites in the Aberfeldy area

Suggestions for the morning – Croftmoraig and Lundin stone circles and St Mary’s Church, Grandtully.

Castle Menzies and Old Kirk of Weem 2pm

Adult £6.50, concession £5.50

Meet at either Broxden Park and Ride at 10am or Castle Menzies at 2pm but please let me know which.

Proposed outings, dates to be confirmed.

Kings Seat, Dunkeld, hillfort excavation starting on 6th September for two weeks.

Visit to V&A Dundee sometime in the winter months. (Scheduled to open September 2018)

PSNS A&H Section – Summer outings 2018 to download or print

(programme will be announced soon!)

17th October 2018

14th November

5th December

16th January 2019

13th February

13th March


All meetings are held in the Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP, commencing at 7.30pm

Occasional newsletters of the Section

AGM and other papers circulated to Section members