The broch was a bakery!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The broch was a bakery!

And here’s the evidence – a quern stone complete with charred grain. Or possibly a knocking stone for preparing grain for grinding. Either way, at the point when the building burned down, bannocks seem to have been in preparation.

The things people do for free!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The things people do for free!

You don’t need to be a professional archaeologist to make a really significant contribution to the excavation at Clachtoll broch. Indeed so far, some of the most interesting finds have been unearthed by volunteers. One of them, Roland Spencer-Jones said that one of the highlights of being involved in the project was, ‘finding evidence of […]

Highlights of a month of excavation

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Today the archaeological team has been working at the broch for exactly a month, so I asked them what the highlights have been for them so far. While Nick said that just working on the broch at all is ‘epic’, Vanessa and I both felt that it’s been particularly exciting to watch the gradual exposure […]

Broch Developments

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Many thanks to those who turned out for the March consultations. The archaeological and conservation proposals were as put forward in May and September and have consistently gained overwhelming support . The major challenge created by the excavation and consolidation programme is how to discourage visitors from climbing over the consolidated structure, damaging it further […]

Public Consultations: Summary

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Consultation process   Background Following concern expressed at Assynt Community Council about the state of the broch, a public meeting, sponsored by ACC, Historic Assynt, Comunn Eachdraidh Asainte and the local Ranger, was called to air concerns and decide on options. It was agreed that HA should seek funds for a feasibility study. Following […]

Broch developments

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Responding to local concerns we have started to work on some entirely new ideas for the long term presentation of the broch to the public, and hope to be able to bring forward new proposals for further consultations in the new year. The archaeological and conservation proposals remain essentially those put forward in the Conservation […]

September Consultations: feedback

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Many thanks to all those who took part in last month’s second round of consultations. The first round in June had established that there was strong support for the excavation and consolidation of the broch but opinions on how best to access and present the broch to the public in the future was more polarised. […]

Analysis of feedback from the Consultations

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Historic Assynt have now collated and analysed all of the feedback received from the community consultations carried out in June, which presented ideas on the future investigation, conservation and presentation of Clachtoll broch. The following report summarises this analysis, and refers to the design options illustrated in this PDF.   Attendance Total: 64 55 residents […]

Public Consultations- Review

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Very many thanks to all those who took part in the recent consultations and sent in feedback.  The meetings were  the first step in establishing the exact nature of the next phase of work at Clachtoll Broch and focussed on two main issues What archaeological and consolidation work should be done How should the excavated […]

Public consultation sessions in June…

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We will be presenting the plans for the archaeological project at Clahtoll broch at a series of public sessions in Assynt on the 9th, 10th and 11th of June. Come along to find out more about the project and how the plans are progressing. To find out more and to get involved in these developments […]