Keep the Fires Burning: a Second Central Hearth

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
 Keep the Fires Burning: a Second Central Hearth

One of our earlier posts focussed on the lowest – and earliest – of three hearths laid one of top of the other in the centre of the broch interior. In this post, we’ll look at the second of these hearths. The earliest hearth was covered over with mixed debris to level it before a […]

Going Underground: a Souterrain within a Broch?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Going Underground: a Souterrain within a Broch?

In our last post we looked at the earliest hearth, found in the centre of the broch. Today we turn our attention to an unusual design feature: integral to the broch’s internal layout was a drystone-lined lower passage. This feature was formed by the bedrock shelf on one side (see earlier post for more on the […]

Early Days at Clachtoll

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Early Days at Clachtoll

Our previous post examined evidence for the construction of the broch. Today we move onto evidence relating to the earliest phase of occupation of the broch. At the centre of the broch were the remains of three successive hearths, layered on top of one another. The earliest surviving hearth had been constructed on a thin […]

The Beginnings of the Broch

The Beginnings of the Broch

In the summer of 2017, Historic Assynt and AOC Archaeology Group undertook a major programme of structural conservation and archaeological excavations at Clachtoll broch, Assynt. In a series of posts over the coming weeks, we’ll share with you the preliminary results of the excavations. Conservation works were concentrated on the south wall, an area previously […]