Cultural Heritage Technical Note – Flood defence earthworks at Ruthven Barracks
Historic map analysis is used to determine whether the flood defence earthworks to the north of Ruthven Barracks at the Spey Crossing are “contemporaneous” (meaning existing at or occurring in the same period of time) with the construction and operation of the barracks, or are later additions.
We do this to see if they are considered as related under any Scheduled Monument / A Listed Building assessments. These assessments are a key part of the legally required Environmental Impact Assessment associated with engineering projects like the A9 Dualling. This could be used to support a geography or modern studies lesson.
Further information can be found here:
Website on Cultural Heritage Information
This website allows people to locate details of archaeological and historic sites held in Scotland’s national and local historic environment records. It shows what sites are historic around the A9 to give us more information letting us know if we can construct on that area. This information is used to see sites that may potentially be affected by the proposals in the area and so these can be avoided if there are any.
Historic Environment Scotland PastMap
The link below connects to an interactive PastMap which displays all recognised cultural and historical assets in Scotland. Zoom into an area and the legend on the left hand side will activate. The legend contains listed buildings, canmores, scheduled monuments, designed landscapes, battlefields and other designated and non-designated cultural assets. Clicking on an asset provides a pop up box which lists the name, type, ID, and district council. Further information is provided by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) or Historic Scotland and can be accessed within this box.
PastMap could be useful in supporting either geography or history lesson. History teachers could use map to show the different types of cultural assets and their historic significance. Geography teachers could use this in a lesson to support sustainability as cultural heritage is now considered a key construct in sustainability. Pupils could be asked to find designated assets within proximity to their home or school and be asked to find out why these assets are recognised.