Ankle High History

Mark Stephen uncovers Scotland's lost archaeological history.

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Scotland has a lost archaeological history - the ruins of thousands of townships and buildings which have never been recorded on any map, yet which tell the tale of life in a period of dramatic change.

Mark Stephen follows attempts to uncover those stories before the buildings fade from the landscape.

On the Balmoral Estate, Mark meets a ranger who was astounded to learn that what he though was just a pile of stones was in fact the remains of a once-thriving farming township.

And he follows a drovers road between two glens, discovering the remnants of a lost way of life.

Producer Monise Durrani.

Mark Stephen explores Scotland's lost archaeological history.

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Mark follows a drover's road between two glens and discovers the remnants of a lost way of life.

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In Strathconon, now an empty wilderness, amateur archaeologists have uncovered the remains of dozens of illicit stills.

Mark hears stories from a time when mountains and glens were full of whisky smugglers.

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In Strathconon, now an empty wilderness, amateur archaeologists have uncovered the remains of dozens of illicit stills.

Mark hears stories from a time when mountains and glens were full of whisky smugglers.

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Scotland has a lost archaeological history - the ruins of thousands of townships and buildings which have never been recorded on any map, yet which tell the tale of life in a period of dramatic change.

Mark Stephen follows attempts to uncover those stories before the buildings fade from the landscape.

Along the shores of Loch Tay are the remains of byrehouses, the sort of buildings in which the majority of Scots once lived.

Mark hears the story of how these homes came to be abandoned, as a rural way of life disappeared.

Producer Monise Durrani.

Mark hears how the byrehouses along the shores of Loch Tay came to be abandoned.

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Along the shores of Loch Tay are the remains of byrehouses, the sort of buildings in which the majority of Scots once lived.

Mark Stephen hears the story of how these homes came to be abandoned, as a rural way of life disappeared.

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Mark meets two ladies on Mull who stumbled across the ruins of an early Christian chapel which could date back over a millennium.

Mark Stephen meets two ladies on Mull who found the ruins of an early Christian chapel.

Scotland has a lost archaeological history - the ruins of thousands of townships and buildings which have never been recorded on any map, yet which tell the tale of life in a period of dramatic change. Mark Stephen follows attempts to uncover those stories before the buildings fade from the landscape.

On the island of Mull, he meets two ladies who stumbled across a lost chapel. As he joins the specialist team surveying the site, he learns that not a single written record of it exists - but that it's probably over a thousand years old.

Producer Monise Durrani.

Scotland has a lost archaeological history - the ruins of thousands of townships and buildings which have never been recorded on any map, yet which tell the tale of life in a period of dramatic change.

Mark Stephen follows attempts to uncover those stories before the buildings fade from the landscape.

On the island of Mull, he meets two ladies who stumbled across a lost chapel.

As he joins the specialist team surveying the site, he learns that not a single written record of it exists - but that it's probably over a thousand years old.