Despite a forecast threatening rain, today was a pleasant and almost hot day. It was a bit sticky for some tastes, but not terribly hot. The volunteers continued to dig in the trenches and some interesting discoveries are appearing whether we like it or not. BEES in one trench and rocks in another. Never mind… Continue reading Day 3: What Lies Beneath
This is the view today from the top of Nelson's Tower on Cluny Hill. What events have been witnessed from here in the past, I wonder? The Battle commemorated by Sueno's Stone? The Vikings sailing up the firth? Skirmishes between locals and Romans as they passed by, never to return? Perhaps we will find some… Continue reading View from the top of Nelson’s Tower
June 20,2017 Michael Sharpe Day two saw a real improvement in the weather, and continued digging in the three trenches on the south side of the hill. After a while, the diggers abandoned their trowels in favour of spades and even mattocks, because investigations with the corer indicated that there was at least half a… Continue reading Day 2: Deepening trenches
I work mainly as a freelance commercial archaeologist, recording archaeology in advance of roads, construction, and other developments in Scotland. I also work on community archaeology projects, such as the Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project, and the Rosemarkie Caves Project. I specialise in technical small finds photography, and RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging). I… Continue reading A bit about me, by Michael Sharpe
While the weather gods may not have been smiling at 9:00am this morning, it seems that all the assembled Cluny Hill Dig team were. The Dig marquee was assembled in remarkably short order (and not a moment too soon) and the elements were kept at bay while we got down to business with introductions and… Continue reading Day 1: The dig begins!
Hi, I'm Dave Anderson and I've been involved in archaeology in the north east of Scotland for many years. I first became fascinated by the weirdness (to our eyes) of prehistoric habits when, as a teenager working in the south of England in the 1970s, I excavated a pit full of absolutely nothing interesting… Continue reading A Bit about Me – by Dave Anderson