Jackaline Robertson of AOC Archaeology Group went up to Castletown last week to supervise the wet sieving of the soil samples collected during excavations in April/May. Eight volunteers were trained over the course of a week, processing around 45 10l buckets of soil at the Castlehill Archaeological Research Facility.
Preliminary findings include cereal grains, charcoal fragments, burnt bone fragments, limpet shells and animal bone fragments (pig, juvenile sheep, cow). Evidence including a charred seaweed pod suggests that seaweed may have been burnt for fuel.
Fragments of daub were also discovered, as well as small pieces of pottery, a possible fragment of crucible, and a fragment of what looks like a large bead. Photos will be posted soon.
Thanks very much to everyone who helped process the numerous samples.