The coastline from Hopeman to Covesea; history and industry: 4th November 2019 A presentation by Dave Longstaff, Highland Geological Society
After the AGM, museum volunteer and member of the Highland Geological Society Dave Longstaff presented an in-depth tour of the coastline from Hopeman to Covesea lighthouse, illustrated by almost 100 slides.
In a wide-ranging lecture Dave described the geological features to be found on this stretch of sandstone coastline, the natural rock formations and the traces of prehistoric life still to be found here. He examined some of the caves along the coast which show evidence of human activity from the neolithic period onwards. He also gave an account of the more recent history of the area, revealing quarrying activity past and present including the Clashach Quarry which supplies stone for the cathedral in Barcelona. His excellent photographs revealed features not easily accessible to the ordinary walker.
He dwelt on the many fossilized tracks to be found in the caves and briefly on the history of the Cave Dwellers from late 19th to early 20th centuries.
After the talk Dave answered questions and the audience was able to look at some of the rock specimens and fossils he had brought with him.