A good part of today was spent cleaning in order to photograph the site. We have now reached the levels where Tress Barry and his team stopped and after lunch we began to excavate inside the buildings. The team worked hard excavating hearth fills, floors etc. The ubiquitous stone tools and pottery were recovered. Next week promises to be exciting when we get into the Iron Age levels.
Today was tinged with sadness as we said farewell to a number of volunteers. The Belfast crew: Gary, Stephen, Neil and Paul had their last day on site. They have been terrific and totally committed. They are a credit to Queens University Belfast and we look forward to seeing them again soon. Each day they have travelled many miles to come to site and have always been full of enthusiasm and kindness. We will miss them. They were last seen heading to Wick.
We also said goodbye to Roland and Jenny from Beauly. They have been a wonderful couple to work with and we will miss their brilliant company. And the unrelenting banter….
Over the week we have been really pleased with the number of visitors to the site. We have noticed an increase in the number of visitors who have travelled to the county primarily to see the archaeology. This is a welcome trend and one we would not have seen a few years ago. Finally, people seem to be appreciating the rich heritage of the area.
We end today’s diary by saying hello to AOC’s Graeme, who has headed off to spend a couple of days on other AOC projects. Hurry back. Jack says hi.
Day off tomorrow. Off to see more archaeology!