Scratching the surface: residue analysis on ceramic and steatite vessels

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Scratching the surface: residue analysis on ceramic and steatite vessels

As part of the post-excavation analyses on the material retrieved during our excavations at Clachtoll, we arranged for analysis of a selection of potsherds and steatite vessels to determine whether absorbed organic residues were present. This can identify residues from food production, for example, helping us to gain a clearer picture of what people were […]

Experimental Workshop: furnishing a broch

Get Involved! Experimental Archaeology Workshops, 1st to 5th July 2019 Next week we will be carrying out experiments into how the interior of the Clachtoll broch may have been floored. We will be making wicker panels of hazel and willow, similar to those likely to have formed the upper floors and internal galleries of the […]

A Movie from Forge Photography

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments

Many thanks to our friends at Forge Photography, who generously donated their services to make this wonderful documentary-style film about the project at the broch on behalf of Historic Assynt. Enjoy!  

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 […]