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The Rise and Fall of High Morlaggan

Author(s): Susan Furness ; Fiona Jackson

Year: 2013

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The ‘Highland Clearances’ is an evocative term used to refer to the dramatic depopulation of the Scottish Highlands in the late 1700s and early 1800s, in the aftermath of the failed Jacobite rebellion. Although there is good evidence for forced and likely brutal evictions in many areas, the movement of people out of small rural settlements in other parts of the Highlands was less dramatic and more organic. The High Morlaggan Project is a community-led heritage and archaeology project that has traced the history of the now-deserted rural settlement of Morlaggan on the west coast of Argyll, Scotland. Using documentary research, surveying and excavation, the project has not only uncovered the rise and fall of this typical rural settlement, culminating in the emigration of its inhabitants to near and far, but has crucially restimulated the interest of the local community in both its recent and more distant heritage.

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The Rise and Fall of High Morlaggan. Susan Furness, Fiona Jackson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428603)


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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 129

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America