Dr. Tony Pollard, director of the Center for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, delivered a lecture on “Old Wounds, New Perspectives: The Archaeological Investigation of Culloden Battlefield” on Sept. 11 at MTSU’s Student Union Building.
Pollard is the editor of “Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle,” which, like his MTSU lecture, tells the archeological story of the bloody 1746 battle of the British government army against the Jacobite rising of Scots Highlanders and “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart. The Jacobites wanted to restore James II and his Stuart heirs to the English throne held by George II and the Hanoverians.
Pollard and his team’s forensic archaeology at the battlefield site near Inverness, the northernmost city in the United Kingdom, between 2001 and 2006 helped the National Trust of Scotland develop, construct and open a new visitor center in 2008 with more historic detail than ever expected.
During his career, Pollard has conducted battlefield and conflict-related archaeological projects in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Africa and South America. His talk was sponsored by MTSU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Middle Tennessee Anthropology Society and is part of the Anthropologica: Anthropology in Action Visiting Lecture Series.