A slightly delayed blog post for our final day on site, as it's been a busy weekend transporting kit, driving to airports, and planning for post-excavation analysis. While much of Friday was spent backfilling trenches and tidying up the site (leaving the hill as close as possible to how we found it), we were still… Continue reading Day 11: Th-th-that’s all folks!
Today was WET, and over on the cold side of the hill, under the thick beech canopy, it was DARK. Digging with a 215 lumens head torch in the middle of a June day was not an experience I had anticipated. Trench E is the trench that keeps on giving, which would be fantastic, if… Continue reading Day 10: Digging in the dark
Wednesday was a little mixed weather-wise with moments of beautiful sunshine, and a bright blue Moray Firth, but in among the trees at the top of the hill it was cold and dark. Brrrr. It was also a day in which the trenches seemed to throw up as many questions as they provided answers... In Trench D… Continue reading Day 9: Questions & Answers (but mostly Questions)
We are so happy with and proud of our volunteers that keep things light-hearted and fun even on Day 8! It was another chilly day up on the hill. Any colder and some parkas may get pulled out tomorrow, but not surprisingly shorts were worn again today by the heartier of us (definitely not me).… Continue reading Day 8: The (Light) Heart of Darkness
It was a wee bit colder this morning and some woollen hats made an appearance, with shorts in equal measure too (they breed them hardy in Moray). Usual smiles all around and an eagerness to get going suggested a nice and relaxing day off yesterday was had by all. We packed the wheelbarrows and trundled… Continue reading Day 7: Positive Parallels from Negative Features?
Friday started with the discovery that our marquee had suffered heavily from the onslaught of wind and rain overnight, with many poles bent or disconnected and the whole thing in a state of partial collapse. But thanks to the skills of our intrepid and indefatigable Canadian woodsman Michael, all was soon well. With fallen branches,… Continue reading Days 5 and 6 – Wind, Sand and Visitors!
Here are some closeups of the possible saddle quern fragment found by John Barrett on Day 5 in Trench A. An appropriate find for John, and his digging partner Christine, as they have more than a passing interest in querns! If it was part of a saddle quern, it takes us a step closer to… Continue reading Our possible saddle quern fragment and the difficulty of dating ditches
My name is Christine Markussen and I’ve been working as a professional archaeologist for just about 20 years. I started as a field technician in 1998 and quickly developed a love for all things spatial within archaeology. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from a small college in Durango, Colorado. I started my journey… Continue reading A bit about me, by Christine Markussen
Work on site continued apace today, with the main development being that a further trench was opened by Leanne and Graham, bringing the total number of trenches to four. Back in trench A, the most significant developments were the identification of the ditch cut at the northern end of the trench, together with a band… Continue reading Day 4: Digging in the be(a)ch
My name is Mary Saunders and I have been an archaeologist of sorts for around 15 years. After studying for an archaeology degree at Durham and developing a real interest in survey, geophysics and GIS, I took myself off to Bradford for a Masters in Archaeological Prospection (shallow surface geophysics). This led to work with… Continue reading A bit about me, by Mary Saunders