Beltane Twilight | Year of Soils and Dig It! 2015


Dig-It-2015-logo1-340x3402015 is the UN International Year of Soils (IYS15) and also Dig It! – year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland. These were the themes for one of our regular Beltane Twilights on 1 April 2015 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We heard from the following three speakers and enjoyed several ‘2-minute wonders’:

  • Sutherland Forsyth, Community Engagement Office, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Sutherland talked about the RBGE archaeology dig of the long lost Leith Walk Botanic Garden and old Botanic Cottage site.
  • Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2015 Project Manager. Jeff talked about Dig It! 2015 Discover Scotland’s Stories, coordinated by two charities – The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland.
  • Bruce Ball from Scotland’s Rural College talked about how we can increase our awareness of soil so that we can learn to care for it and thereby conserve it.


Notes from Beltane Twilight Soil RBGE – Notes agenda participants


Related links:

The Botanic Cottage Project

Dig It! 2015

The Rhind Lectures 2015 24-26 April @ The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Bruce Ball, The Landscape Below

The Strategic Research Programme

National Museum of Scotland

Wessex Archaeology news

International Year of Soils
Please contact Karen Dobbie from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency if you would like any events related to the International Year of Soils publicised through the environment scotland website.