Members of the public have been asked to dig out old photographs of a historic Scottish site linked to hit drama series Outlander, to help preserve it for the future.
Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age burial ground near Inverness, is believed to be the inspiration for Outlander’s fictional Craigh na Dun, the mysterious stone circle where Second World War combat nurse Claire, played by Caitriona Balfe, is swept back to the 18th Century and the eve of the Battle of Culloden.
The TV series, which also stars Scottish actor Sam Heughan, has been credited with attracting many thousands of visitors to the 4,000-year-old site.
But the dramatic increase in footfall caused by the “Outlander Effect” has also led to erosion and other damage.
A conservation project, Monument Monitor, run by Historic Environment Scotland and University College London, uses visitor photographs to monitor changes at remote heritage sites.
Organisers of the scheme want people to search albums and memory sticks for older images of Clava Cairns.
Project coordinator Rosie Brigham, said: “We would really like photographs from prior to 2014 to help us monitor erosion before and after Outlander.”
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