Dr Gemma Cruickshanks, National Museums Scotland I was lured up to Cluny Hill in September 2018 with the promise of Iron Age ironworking evidence . . . and was not disappointed! During the previous season a scatter of ironworking slag had been revealed around a hearth which was then radiocarbon dated to between the 4th and 1st centuries BC. Naturally, I made a bee-line for… Continue reading Ironworking at Cluny Hill
We are delighted to announce that the 2018 season of the Cluny Hill Dig will be held from 10-21 September and we're keen for you to get involved. This year the Dig is supported by the Friends of the Falconer Museum and funded by the Berry Burn Community Fund. We've also got some new Team… Continue reading Calling All Archaeologists!
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
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)