Two public events coming up!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Two public events coming up!

Historic Assynt’s 20th Anniversary Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm at Stoer Hall Broch Project update and more John Barber and Graeme Cavers of AOC Archaeology will review the whole of the Broch project to date, update us on the latest findings and also update us on the researches John has undertaken since the excavation of Loch […]

Our bronze community sculpture

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Our bronze community sculpture

The broch’s artist in residence, Julia Cowie, ran a fascinating session at Stoer Green last weekend, as part of the Highland Archaeology Festival, showing us her metal working process. She demonstrated how she smelts copper, by wrapping ore in ‘smelt balls’ made of clay, sand and horse dung fibre, and roasting it in a charcoal […]

Is it baffling? Or just baffling?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Is it baffling? Or just baffling?

It’s well worth making your way to Clachtoll broch this week, as the archaeologists are back, exploring the entrance path at the front of the monument. There is some lovely paving just outside the entrance, and then the path seems to start bending and becoming more roughly built. You might expect the route towards such […]

Time traveling for our tea

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Time traveling for our tea

A throng of people of all ages from the local community, visitors, volunteers and archaeologists set off back in time for our dinners yesterday, with an iron age food tasting day at Stoer Green. The fire was lit at about 10am to heat stones while a pit was dug for roasting meat. We put up […]

What did the broch people have for their tea?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Come along on Friday to find out! Friday 13 July 2018, Stoer Green From 2pm, food preparation: grinding grain in a quern, setting up a roasting pit, making bannocks, gathering and preparing herbs etc From 6pm, cooking and tasting. ALL WELCOME – BRING A BOWL AND SPOON! For more details contact f.j.valentine@btopenworld.com iron age food […]

The Broch is Booming

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As part of this fortnight of excavation and summer fun at Clachtoll Broch, the wonderful Henry Fosbrooke has been running drumming workshops, with drums made of native wood and deer hides. It’s not unreasonable to believe that the broch’s inhabitants two thousand and more years ago, might have played instruments like this. And hopefully they […]

We’re all potty about the Iron Age at Clachtoll

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Look at this beautiful array of pots that emerged once the pit kiln could be opened, twenty-four hours after the blaze on Monday! We were amazed that so few cracked or broke in the fire and there are some lovely blue shades on some of the clay. Lots of delighted people who made pots in […]

The dig is off to a blazing start

The dig is off to a blazing start

One of Assynt’s modern day assets is a wealth of talented potters, not least because of Highland Stoneware, based in Lochinver. Two people who work some of the time for them, and also run their own ceramics businesses, are Fergus Stewart and Marc Campbell. Fergus is an internationally-renowned potter and kiln builder, with decades of […]

PUTTING THE STORY BACK INTO HISTORY

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Monday 26 March, 8pm, Lochinver Community Room, FREE event, all welcome Come to an evening of stories with historical novelist Margaret Elphinstone, Lewis story teller and author Ian Stephen, and raise a glass for the launch of The Walrus Mutterer, a new novel set at Clachtoll broch, in the Iron Age, by local author Mandy […]

Iron Age Food and an update from the project

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

On Thursday 9 November the archaeology team will be reporting back on their analysis of finds and conclusions so far. This will happen in Stoer Hall from 7.30pm. We’ll be serving some Iron Age style refreshments from 7pm onwards, so make sure not to eat too much beforehand or you’ll miss out on some archaeologically-informed […]