Sparks flew in Assynt!

Sparks flew in Assynt!

Assynt’s community sculpture to honour the Clachtoll broch project is well on the way to completion after a dramatic event at Glencanisp on Friday night.  After dark, a furnace was set up in the pole barn by artist in residence Julia Cowie, who, with her assistant Uist, demonstrated Iron Age metal production with sparks flying! […]

Pushing on with post-excavation analyses

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments

The final phase of excavations at Clachtoll may be over, but the post-excavation analyses are still in progress, with lots of careful scrutiny of the evidence to come before we can make any more solid interpretations about the construction, use and demise of the broch. Our post-excavation research design (PERD) sets out the way in […]

SPARKS WILL FLY ON SATURDAY!

SPARKS WILL FLY ON SATURDAY!

PUBLIC EVENT Traditional Metal Working and an Iron Age Story 2.30pm, Saturday 6 October 2018 at Clachtoll Broch or Stoer Village Hall if wet Author Mandy Haggith will talk and read from her novel, The Walrus Mutterer. Julia Cowie, artist in residence, will run a traditional copper smelt and demonstrate traditional bronze casting techniques. There […]

A Spell of Casting at Clachtoll

A Spell of Casting at Clachtoll

The broch has an artist in residence over the next few months, the amazing artist in metal, Julia Cowie. She’s not actually going to be living in the broch, which is a bit draughty these days! But she will be in Assynt to create some new work and inspire local people. Her activities will help […]

More questions than answers at Clachtoll broch

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments

The current phase of excavation the broch is complete, with many unexpected results and, as usual, more questions have been raised by the finds. The excavation focused on the ‘guard cell’ within the walls, to the left of the entrance. It has a corbelled roof but the wall at the far end is clearly a […]

Mysterious stones found at Clashnessie!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Mysterious stones found at Clashnessie!

Archaeologists are often non-committal. When you ask them what they have unearthed on a dig you will often get a ‘well, on the one hand it could be… but on the other hand it might…’ Here in Assynt we have a situation where ‘your guess is as good as any’ prevails, at least for the […]

Ewe What?!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Ewe What?!

A body of a dead sheep has been found in Assynt? That’s not exactly interesting, is it? Well, yes, actually. It’s astounding! Historic Assynt planned this fortnight of summer activities to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Assynt Crofters Trust’s buyout of the North Assynt Estate, which is being celebrated through a marvelous Feis […]

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 […]

All welcome to join in some experimental archaeology at Clachtoll

THERE ARE LOTS OF EVENTS TO JOIN IN WITH FROM 2nd – 14th  JULY: ALL EVENTS ARE FREE EXCAVATION at the Broch Monday 2 July 2-5pm & then 9am – 5pm daily (not Sunday) until Saturday 14 July Volunteers welcome – no experience required   CLACHTOLL BROCH ACTIVITIES AND DISPLAYS: Monday 2 July Afternoon In […]

Free Broch Pottery Workshops, 25th & 27th June

Free Broch Pottery Workshops, 25th & 27th June

We founds lots of sherds of Iron Age pottery during our excavations at the broch last year, and now we’re going to try to make our own! Join us on Monday 25th or Wednesday 27th of June between 3.30pm and 6pm, meeting at Clachtoll Beach Car Park. Local craftspeople Fergus Stewart and Marc Campbell will […]