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)
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