Back on site


The team returned to Nybster today after a three month break. The community turnout was very high with over 30 volunteers: a good mixture of Caithnesians and visitors from as far afield as Belfast and Switzerland.

Over the next two weeks were are concentrating on digging a building that looks like a cellular or ‘jellybaby’ house. In other areas these date to the Pictish period, roughly 1500 years ago.

The team worked tirelessly and deturfed almost all of the site. Tomorrow we will clean back but already walls, paving and possible hearths are appearing. Local school teacher Rhona, surprise surprise, was the first person to find pottery! We also found an antler pick which may be Iron Age in date.

Andy and Graeme from AOC Archaeology gave an evening lecture in Auckengill Community Hall which outlined what the team found a few months ago and what we hope to achieve in the coming weeks.

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