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Highland Council’s first virtual archaeology festival, which came to an end last week, attracted more than 1,600 participants from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and as far afield as Australia and the United States.
The festival comprised a series of 12 online evening talks organised by council’s Historic Environment Team, celebrating recent archaeological discoveries and the heritage of the Highlands.
Chair of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Trish Robertson ,expressed her gratitude to all the event organisers and to everyone who took part.
She said: ‘Ordinarily we would have had two weeks of events and hosted over 160 delegates for two days at the Highland Council chamber for the annual conference.
‘For many people interested in Highland’s history and heritage or that work in the sector, the Archaeology Festival is the highlight of the year and the only opportunity to hear about the work of others, to exchange ideas and network. Despite the current restrictions we were determined to hold the festival in 2020.’
And s added: ‘This year the rich heritage of the Highlands has been promoted to a wider audience than would normally have been possible. Those that attended praised the council for going the extra mile in these difficult times with many urging us to continue with virtual talks next year, even if restrictions are relaxed.
‘I think our Historic Environment team did a terrific job in adapting how the conference was delivered and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part.’