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A restful day

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 … Continue reading

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Contact with the Romans

Bad weather on site today: rain and wind but our hardy volunteers persevered. Colin continued digging outside the rampart confirming that the rampart and ditch were monumental. It is incredible how much rubble and earth Colin has moved in two … Continue reading

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Beautiful bone needle discovered

Meg found one of the nicest finds from the excavations today- a complete bone needle, in excellent condition. As we should have expected, things are becoming more complex than initially appeared, and we now seem to have at least three … Continue reading

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Progress on Day 3

Work today focussed mainly on the building in the northern area of the trench (OB1) as Paul continued in his painstaking task of drawing the rest of the trench to scale. The walls in OB1 are becoming clearer as rubble … Continue reading

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Thank you!

We’re very pleased with our excellent thank you card from the pupils of Keiss primary!

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Iron knife

The bone handled knife found by Jenny yesterday.

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HRH Prince of Wales visits Nybster Broch

Second day on site was very exciting and eventful. Following a tour of the Caithness Broch Centre HRH Prince Charles visited the site. He met various members of the excavation team, including pupils from Keiss Primary School. Graeme gave a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Traditional skills workshop, Saturday 9th July

Auckengill Heritage Trust will be holding a free traditional skills workshop on Saturday 9th July – have a go at farming and dairy skills such as grinding flour and making butter, and learn about sheep shearing. All ages are welcome … Continue reading

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Wet sieving of soil samples

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 … Continue reading

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