Our possible saddle quern fragment and the difficulty of dating ditches

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 […]

Highland Archaeology Festival Conference 2017 display, including radiocarbon dating results

This is the display we created for the Highland Archaeology Festival Conference in Inverness, October 2017. By Michael Sharpe The display is a brief summary of the results of the 2017 excavations, including the results of the radiocarbon dating.  Most of you by now will know that we found evidence of the enclosing ditch in… Continue reading Highland Archaeology Festival Conference 2017 display, including radiocarbon dating results

Day 9: Questions & Answers (but mostly Questions)

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)

Day 7: Positive Parallels from Negative Features?

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?

Days 5 and 6 – Wind, Sand and Visitors!

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!

Our possible saddle quern fragment and the difficulty of dating ditches

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