Spooks and Sacrifice - Celtic Samhain

OctoberOct 31 2017 19:00 - 21:00

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Come in 'guise and bring a jack-o-lantern to light your way into the spirit world. Samhain at the Crannog is a unique experience and sees visitors travelling from far and wide to attend; many of them year after year so don't miss out! Booking Essential.
ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH:
QUARTZ BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
The culmination of the season is our Celtic Samhain Festival on the eve of 31st October. Samhain is the predecessor to Halloween and marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year. The evening includes storytelling around the fire in the Crannog, sacrificial wicker ram-burn, apple-ducking, soup and many surprises, all lit by flaming torches. Tickets sell out each year so please book early for this hugely popular event.
Tradition has it that on this night the veil between this world and the 'other' world becomes thin and the ghosts of our ancestors may rise to walk amongst us. Disguises were worn, talismans and rowan branches were carried to fool or ward off evil spirits.
Our artefact of the month is a quartz barbed and tanged arrowhead with typologically dates to the Bronze Age but was found in our underwater excavations of the early Iron Age Oakbank Crannog. Did someone find this tiny, beautifully crafted point and keep it as a talisman to bring good luck or enhance hunting prowess?
To book your tickets, please email us or call on (+44) (0)1887 830583.

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The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore Loch Tay, Loch Tay, Aberfeldy PH15 2HY, UK

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