‘One Island, Many Voices’ – Bute’s archaeology and landscape

This Saturday – 15th June, at 11am at Bute Museum – sees the launch of an intriguing volume on Bute’s archaeology and heritage.

One Island, Many Voices: Bute, Archaeology and the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme is edited by Paul RJ Duffy, who was the deputy project manager for archaeology on the Landscape Partnership Scheme and now runs Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage.

The Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme (DBLPS) was a four year £2.8 million partnership project between multiple national, regional and local organisations.

Its overall objective was to engage people with the Bute landscape, through fun, education and training.  A key aspect of the DBLPS was a dedicated Archaeological Research Project which audited Bute’s archaeological resources, enhanced that audit through fieldwork, and excited people about the archaeology and the heritage of the island.

This book is a synthesis of new research and reviews arising from the project.

It brings the current state of knowledge about the island’s archaeology up to date and forms the basis of the new Archaeological Research Framework for Bute.

Contributions from over 30 archaeology professionals and local enthusiasts review our current understandings of Bute’s heritage from the earliest Brandanes to the 20th century tourists., highlighting some of the many voices that helped earn the project an ‘outstanding’ rating from independent evaluators.

This first hand account of the island’s archaeology and of so major a project properly fusing archaeology to landscape in the public awareness,  has to be well worth reading and we’re looking forward to it.

For Argyll is buying a copy of the book and will then be sharing some of the ‘artefacts’ we expect to discover in it. We will also provide information on where to get it – and in the meantime the quite reasonably impatient should email Paul Duffy direct to enquire on this.

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