News in brief: Culloden Parks and Suffolk gardens

A round-up of some of the latest news from the realm of archaeology in the UK.

Launching Suffolkโ€™s Unforgettable Garden Story

IMAGE: Historic England Archive.

A new project from Historic England and the Gardens Trust is working to discover more about the historic parks, gardens, and landscapes in Suffolk, with the goal of working to help preserve these spaces for future generations.

At the moment, only 23 historic green spaces are protected in the county; researchers want to hear from the public about other designed landscapes โ€“ both public and private โ€“ that deserve to be added to the list.

The team is particularly keen to hear about more modern landscapes from both urban and suburban settings that might usually be forgotten.

To learn more and/or get involved, please contact: Sally Bate (sallybate@thegardenstrust.org)ย or Karina Flynnย  (karina.flynn@thegardenstrust.org).

Uncovering Culloden Parks

New research into the Battle of Culloden โ€“ the conflict that saw the final defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers in 1746 โ€“ has revealed a more exact location for Culloden Parks: the walled landscape around Culloden House, the southern part of which served as the Jacobite left flank during the battle.

By cross-referencing 18th-century maps with more modern ones, using LiDAR to record the current landscape, and conducting a field assessment of the part of Culloden Parks wall that still survives above ground, researchers at Historic Environment Scotland were able to map out the probable blueprint of the site, which had become lost over the centuries. Their work shows that the park was further to the west than previously thought, meaning that the Jacobite left flank must also have been positioned further to the west โ€“ possibly impacting our knowledge of how the battle played out.

Marsh Archaeology Awards

The Marsh Charitable Trust, working in partnership with the Council for British Archaeology, has announced the winners of the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards for 2022.

This yearโ€™s Community Archaeologist of the Year is Andrew Mayfield โ€“ The Royal Parks charityโ€™s first in-house archaeologist โ€“ who has led two community excavations as part of โ€˜Greenwich Park Revealedโ€™. The Young Archaeologist of the Year Award, meanwhile, went to Jack Goodchild, a member of the Young Archaeologistsโ€™ Club (YAC) and a Cub Scout, who recently achieved his archaeology badge.

Two community projects were also announced as winners: โ€˜Uncovering Roman Carlisleโ€™, a bathhouse excavation that connected participants with Carlisleโ€™s Roman history (Community Archaeology Project of the Year); and The Stiances Archaeology Project, an annual project at Newick Primary School that uses practical activities to engage students aged 4 to 11 in the history and archaeology of their local area (Youth Engagement Project of the Year).