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.


The Neolithic Standing Stone at Murrayshall near Scone.

Members of the section are still involved in 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. We are always keen to welcome visitors and new members.

The Programme for our 2017/18 session is in progress and will be published here soon.

All talks are on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth.

Our Summer Outing programme is open to all members of PSNS.

Thursday 11th May              Moredun Top Hillfort excavation.

Saturday 24th June            Brechin Castle & Gardens.

Sunday 30th July                 Wemyss Caves.

Saturday 26th August         The Engine Shed, Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre.

The complete programme with all details of can be downloaded here A&H_Summer_Outings 2017