Viewing the Borders’ Iron Age past

aerial view of Eildon Hills, Melrose

aerial view of Eildon Hills, Melrose

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IT is the Borders – but from a bird’s eye and Iron Age view.

A new book entitled Scotland’s Landscapes includes a series of stunning aerial photographs of some of the region’s most recognisable natural landmarks which are believed to have been lived on by people more than 1,600 years ago.

Aerial view of Talla Dam, Tweedsmuir

Aerial view of Talla Dam, Tweedsmuir

Among them is the Eildon Hills, with its north peak said to have been a home to one of the biggest Iron Age forts in the area.

Also included is a photo of a wintry Talla Reservoir, now more than 100 years old, near Tweedsmuir, which had a number of bronze- and iron-age sites. And the impressive fort on Whiteside Hill, between West Linton and Peebles, is another highlight 
of the 200-photo catalogue of Scotland’s past.

The book by James Crawford is the third in a series showcasing Scotland’s National Collection of Aerial Photography.

A spokesperson for the the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, which creates and curates the collection, said: “Over the past 10,000 years, every inch of Scotland – whether remote hilltop, fertile floodplain, or storm-lashed coastline – has been shaped, changed and moulded by its people.

Aerial view of Whiteside Hill, Tweeddale

Aerial view of Whiteside Hill, Tweeddale

“No part of the land is without its human story.

“Scotland’s Landscapes tells the enduring story of this interaction between man and his environment.”

 

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