What’s the point of archaeology? Is it unravelling the mysteries of ancient trigonometric knowledge, such as on those marked in cuneiform on the clay tablets that have perplexed us for decades since they were first found? Or is it understanding what form a building would have taken, before it tumbled into a ruin of rubble? […]
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 […]
The archaeological team will present an update on the project so far on Wednesday 30th August at 7.30pm, at Stoer Hall in Assynt. Come along to find out more about the work at the broch, the artefacts found and the latest ideas on the history of the broch.
How do corbelled cells stand up? Corbelling is a simple but ingenious technique used in the contruction of chambers and cells, found in prehistoric architecture from the Neolithic onwards. Brochs contain corbelled cells as part of their hollow-walled construction. We will be building our own corbelled cell next week at Clachtoll, to demonstrate the technique. […]
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 […]
The rubble removal at the broch has now proceded to a level where the original entrance passage is clear, meaning the building can be accessed via the doorway for the first time since the tower collapsed, some time in the period 150 BC to AD 50. In this short video, Historic Assynt chair Gordon Sleight […]
Meet Ug. He’s invisible, but he’s a key member of the team at the broch at Clachtoll. He is, indeed, the master mason, architect and muse of the lead archaeologist, John Barber. I find John in contemplative mood, gazing with wonder at the ruin, or the monument, as he refers to it, and as it […]