Results from the Field

Results from the Field

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May 11, 2016

Our investigation into the Bronze Age in Caithness is drawing to a close, but there is still lots to look forward to! Come along to the closing talk on Thursday night at Castlehill Heritage Centre, when we’ll look back at everything we’ve achieved over the last year, and look at what we found during our […]

Retents sorting, w/c 7th December 2015

Retents sorting, w/c 7th December 2015

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Dec 2, 2015

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who came along to Castlehill Heritage Centre a few weeks ago to help Jack and learn about the wet sieving of the soil samples collected during excavations earlier this year. You can see in our blog post here that the initial results look promising. The residues […]

Soil samples: processed!

Soil samples: processed!

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Dec 1, 2015

Jack would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came along to help out with processing the soil samples at Castlehill Heritage Centre last month. We discovered that many of the samples are relatively rich in charcoal, and there are a small number of grains of barley as well. The charcoal and cereal will provide […]

Soil Sample Processing, 16th & 17th November 2015

Soil Sample Processing, 16th & 17th November 2015

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Nov 10, 2015

Castlehill Heritage Centre,  10am to 4.30pm AOC’s environmental specialist Jackaline Robertson will be at Castlehill Heritage Centre later this month, leading the processing of the soil samples that were collected during fieldwork earlier this year. The buckets of soil that were so lovingly collected by our volunteers will be sorting using CHC’s flotation tank. The […]

Evening event, Tuesday 24th November, 7.30pm

Evening event, Tuesday 24th November, 7.30pm

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Oct 26, 2015

In September/October, we carried out excavations at a hut circle at Skaill which had been identified through LiDAR. We believed that it represented the remains of a prehistoric roundhouse, but all was not as it seemed! Burnt mound, roundhouse, or some combination of the two..? Join us in November as AOC’s Graeme Cavers presents the […]

Hut-circle/burnt mound…?

Hut-circle/burnt mound…?

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Oct 2, 2015

We’re drawing to a close with our week-long excavations at the Baillie Hill excavations. It’s been an interesting week, and really instructive, full of unexpected results! Our hut-circle has turned out to be more than meets the eye. We’re now pretty confident that the building has re-used the site of an earlier burnt mound, digging […]

Excavations underway!

Excavations underway!

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Sep 30, 2015

The fourth and final week of fieldwork as part of AWindow on the Hidden Bronze Age Landscape of Caithness is well underway now! We’ve chosen as the subject of our investigations into Bronze Age settlement an interesting hut circle at Skaill, close to Baillie Hill and the chambered cairns on Cnoc Freiceadain. The site was not known before […]

Results lecture: change of date!

Results lecture: change of date!

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Sep 18, 2015

Please note that the lecture planned for Thursday 1st October, reporting on the results of the fieldwork so far, has been postponed! We’ll hold the same evening talk in November instead- date will be confirmed and posted here soon. Thank you!  

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

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

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Sep 17, 2015

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 […]

Finally we look under the ground!

Finally we look under the ground!

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Sep 5, 2015

Summer School Week 3 has been really successful with the training of volunteers in geophysics and excavation.  We returned to the Baillie area that we first visited on the very first day of fieldwork back in June.  We had already discovered 2 hut circles and a possible burnt mound using the LiDAR data and walkover […]

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