Foodie fun, 15th & 16th August 2015

Foodie fun, 15th & 16th August 2015

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Aug 10, 2015

This weekend, Castlehill Heritage Centre will become a haven for foodie fun! Join Melissa and Romain of the School of Ancient Crafts and find out what our Bronze Age ancestors were eating and drinking, how they were cooking their meals, and what other uses they had for the herbs and plants that grew (and still […]

Summer School Week 2: summary

Summer School Week 2: summary

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Jul 23, 2015

Another successful week was had looking at Caithness’ Bronze Age landscape from Monday 13th-Saturday 18th July 2015.  This time round volunteers were trained in hand-drawing methods such as plane-table and taped offset, along with digital technologies like total station and DGPS survey.  Training was started at the Castlehill Heritage Centre on the Monday with some […]

Another week comes to a close

Another week comes to a close

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Jul 18, 2015

After a day inside the Castlehill Heritage Centre on Friday the volunteers were itching to get back out on site today (sort of…).  Due to lots of weekend commitments only volunteers Alan and Paul joined AOC’s Gemma and Jamie to record two hut circles, a possible burnt mound and a few field walls in the […]

Fair-weather archaeologists?

Fair-weather archaeologists?

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Jul 17, 2015

Due to torrential rain and wind in Caithness (and seemingly the whole of Britain) today started off indoors.  Volunteer Alan from the Heritage Centre kindly scanned some of the drawings the team had been doing in the field into the computer.  AOC’s Gemma then showed volunteers Susan, George, Winnie and Paul how to use the […]

Another Bronze Age hut circle? Surely not!

Another Bronze Age hut circle? Surely not!

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Jul 16, 2015

What a tremendous day we had on site on site today in the sun and wind! (What a beautiful day and landscape.  Oh, to be an archaeological surveyor…) The team went back to Broubster to finish off the sites they didn’t get around to on Wednesday.  Unsurprisingly they recorded more hut circles, but they also surveyed […]

Broubster.  Pronounced Broobster!

Broubster. Pronounced Broobster!

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Jul 15, 2015

The troops assembled at Broubster today with two planes tables and Michelle (AOC’s GPS) because that is all they needed to record five hut circles, three field boundaries, two quarries and eighteen clearance cairns! AOC’s Jamie got volunteers Paul and Carol underway surveying one hut circle using a plane-table, while Winnie and Susan started soon […]

BOG post of the week

BOG post of the week

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Jul 14, 2015

A great first day of fieldwork over at Shebster today with six volunteers recording five hut circles!  The morning seemed a bit gloomy with our drive to site overwhelmed by rain, a new electric fence for us to battle and a team of midges attacking us.  However, by the time we’d bypassed the fence, filled […]

Back to school!!

Back to school!!

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Jul 13, 2015

Week 2 of the Bronze Age Caithness project started at the heritage centre today, with volunteers back on the computers learning new software packages such as QGIS.  Graeme led the sessions in the morning as he showed everybody how to reprocess the LiDAR data creating hillshades.  Hillshading is the process of applying a specified altitude […]

Summer School Week 1: Results

Summer School Week 1: Results

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Jul 3, 2015

Let me start by thanking all of last week’s participants very much! We made a really great start to the project, recording around 50 sites, many of which were previously entirely unknown prior to the LiDAR survey. But what does unknown really mean? Although many of these sites were not recorded on Canmore or on the […]

Fairy rings at Shebster

Fairy rings at Shebster

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Jun 26, 2015

Despite the awful weather forecast, we enjoyed a great day exploring hut circles to the west of Hill of Shebster, including a row of four potential hut circles that were identified in the LiDAR data. What we found was three fabulous hut circles, all totally unique, and one area that had previously housed a cattle […]

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