Category Archives: Excavations

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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Summary of Excavations at Nybster Broch, 26th April to 8th May 2011

Nybster: Summary of Season 1 The first block of fieldwork carried out at the Nybster broch settlement has been a great success, and has added to our knowledge of the development of the site considerably. Below is a summary of … Continue reading

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All packed up!

We had a brilliant last few days on site. We finished off excavations and all of the recording yesterday and started backfilling. We were back on site today, completing the backfilling in the wind and rain with a few of … Continue reading

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Thrumster Primary School pupils make some brilliant discoveries!

We finished excavating the possible cist this morning and got it recorded. We are now continuing to investigate the fill of the cut in which the feature was constructed. It was in this context that the pendant was found yesterday. … Continue reading

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Possible Pictish cist

Today was our first day on site without blazing sunshine, but we had a great day nonetheless. We began exploring the area around a large but badly degraded orthostat (upright stone) running across the rampart today. We discovered what looks … Continue reading

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Serpentine pendant

Local volunteer Islay just discovered this beautiful pendant, which we believe is made of serpentine. It was found while trowelling in one of the later phases of the rampart’s construction. Serpentine occurs naturally in parts of Shetland, and is also … Continue reading

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Canisbay & Castletown Primary Schools visit Nybster

Today we had almost 50 pupils visiting from Canisbay and Castletown Primary Schools. They had lots of great suggestions for what they think our mystery bone tool might be! We have established that the cell within the rampart was constructed … Continue reading

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Keiss Primary School pupils visit Nybster Broch Project

Today the pupils of Keiss Primary School visited us on site and took part in educational activities at Caithness Broch Centre. Miss Macpherson’s P1-3 pupils visited in the morning, and Miss Gulloch’s P4-7s in the afternoon. Starting at the Broch … Continue reading

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Saddle quern stone

A brilliant example of a typical saddle quern stone was discovered today in the structural feature at the southern end of our trench within the rampart Walls. This would have been used as a surface on which to process grain, … Continue reading

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Door pivot

Local volunteer Steve found this great door pivot on his first day on site with us yesterday. It is situated in an entrance to a secondary structure within the rampart, at the bottom of a flight of stone steps.

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