Upcoming events: wattle & daub weekend, fieldwork finale and preliminary results

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Crafts, Events, Excavation, Public archaeology
Upcoming events: wattle & daub weekend, fieldwork finale and preliminary results

Just a quick post to remind you all about opportunities for involvement in ‘A Window on the Hidden Bronze Age Landscape of Caithness’ in the coming weeks. All of these events are listed on the events page.

Wattle & Daub Weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September

Wattle and daub was used in the construction of prehistoric roundhouses. Next weekend, you can try your hand at this ancient craft! Chris Goodman will be leading workshops on how to make woven wattle hurdles and we’ll be covering them with daub, both premixed and experimental, locally-made daub containing all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients. While we will be replicating an ancient form of construction, woven wattle panels can serve a variety of purposes in the garden, for example, so do come along and find out how to make your own! The workshops run from 10am-12.30pm and are open to anyone aged 16+. Places are limited, but there are still spaces on both days, so do please register in advance by emailing me (charlotte.douglas@aocarchaeology.com) if you would like to come along at try your hand at this traditional skill.

In the afternoons, Chris will be running drop-in sessions, 2pm-4pm. These are suitable for all ages so bring the family along and have a go! Old clothes recommended…

Summer School Week 4: Monday 28th September to Saturday 3rd October

The big fieldwork finale! This is your last chance to get involved in fieldwork as part of this project. We will be targeting one of the hut circles identified in the LiDAR data, close to Baillie Wind Farm. This hut circle most likely represents the remains of a prehistoric roundhouse, so our excavations so will seek to explore the layout, construction and phasing of the structure as well as examining the surrounding area for traces of associated agriculture. We will also aim to get a date!

You do not need to participate all day, every day – just let us know when you can make it, so we know how many pairs of hands we will have onsite. The more hands, the more of the hut circle we can excavate! All equipment and training is provided, you just need to bring plenty to eat and drink, waterproofs, and bags of enthusiasm!

To register your interest in taking part, if you haven’t already, please contact Graeme on graeme.cavers@aocarchaeology.com or (0131) 440 3593. Graeme will send out an email with more information towards the end of next week.

CHANGE OF DATE: The Results of the Fieldwork, originally scheduled for Thursday 1st October 2015, 7.30pm DETAILS TBC

Please note that there has been a change to the proposed schedule. The preliminary results of our excavations not be presented on Thursday 1st October 2015 as planned. Instead, we will reschedule for sometime in November, details TBC.  We’ll update the website with the relevant details in due course.

We do hope that lots of you will be able to get involved in this last phase of fieldwork as well as all the other activities on offer! Head over to the events page for more information.

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