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Leny Woods archaeology activities

As an archaeology volunteer you will work as part of a team to survey the cultural heritage of Callander by taking part in walkover surveys, historic woodland assessments, and eventually excavations.

Leny Woods is situated at the Highland Boundary Fault and holds archaeological sites from the prehistoric period, Roman occupation, Medieval period, and beyond. Earlier this year we kicked off our Leny Woods Community Archaeology project to unlock Callander’s heritage and uncover the secrets buried at this historic site through a series of workshops for volunteers funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and run by Northlight Heritage.

The programme started in March with a weekend of indoor training, before taking to the field for two intensive weeks of surveying. On our walkover surveys, we updated the historic environment records and selected sites worthy of closer inspection. These sites were then measured and planned using various methods, from the traditional (tape and offset survey) to the modern (total station survey). Finally, we had a woodland walk with a dendrochronologist where we discovered more about the historic management of Leny Woods.

Coming up

Reporting Workshop (Walkover/Measured Surveys), Saturday 4th May
At this indoor desk-based session, we will find out how to write reports that detail and analyse the results of archaeological surveys out on the field. Experts from Northlight Heritage will be on hand to answer any of your questions, and the group will look at the results from the recent walkover and measured surveys at Leny Woods.

Excavations, Wednesday 8th May – Tuesday 21st May
You can now sign up to volunteer for our excavations at Leny Woods! These volunteering opportunities are structured as three-day blocks of training and you are welcome to sign up for several blocks if you wish:

  • Block 1: Wednesday 8th/Thursday 9th/Friday 10th May
  • Block 2: Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th/Monday 13th May
  • Block 3: Wednesday 15th/Thursday 16th/Friday 17th May
  • Block 4: Saturday 18th/Monday 20th/Tuesday 21st May

More information will be provided in due course, but we anticipate being out on-site from 9.00 – 4.30pm each day. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please get in touch to sign up for one or more of these blocks of training:

Woodland celebration (June)
In June there will be a woodland celebration event for everyone to enjoy – more details will be available soon.

Sign up to our mailing list to receive full details about these volunteering activities.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Julie on or 01389 727 723.


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