Fabulous Finds: the Artefact Assemblage

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Fabulous Finds: the Artefact Assemblage

“So, what have you found?” is surely the question most frequently asked by visitors to archaeological excavations. Artefacts help us piece together the story of those who came before, giving us little glimpses of past lives. 224 individual small finds were logged during excavations at Clachtoll, many of which comprised groups or clusters of ceramic […]

Within the walls: the Entrance Passage, Cells and Stairwell

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Within the walls: the Entrance Passage, Cells and Stairwell

Our posts so far have focussed on the broch’s interior, but now we turn our attention to the walls themselves and the features within. Intramural cells and galleries are characteristic of brochs, and Clachtoll displays a range of these. Excavating inside these cavernous spaces was quite an experience for archaeologists and volunteers alike, and you […]

Fire! Sampling Traces of the Broch’s Last Moments

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Fire! Sampling Traces of the Broch’s Last Moments

The occupation surfaces and hearth sequence described in our earlier posts were sealed by an event that seems likely to mark the end of significant occupation within the broch: a thick layer of charred debris covered nearly all of the interior. This debris contained a range of materials including large roundwoods, burnt heather and grasses […]

PUTTING THE STORY BACK INTO HISTORY

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Monday 26 March, 8pm, Lochinver Community Room, FREE event, all welcome Come to an evening of stories with historical novelist Margaret Elphinstone, Lewis story teller and author Ian Stephen, and raise a glass for the launch of The Walrus Mutterer, a new novel set at Clachtoll broch, in the Iron Age, by local author Mandy […]

Fields of Barley: the Knocking Stone

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Fields of Barley: the Knocking Stone

In the north-east quadrant of the broch interior, immediately above the ‘souterrain’ structure (detailed here), a spread of compact brown-orange clay over roughly-set flagstones formed a floor into which a large igneous boulder had been set. This boulder was a mortar or ‘knocking stone’ with a central V-shaped hole c. 0.25m deep, used for threshing […]

Fire and Water: the Final Hearth and a Stone Tank

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Fire and Water: the Final Hearth and a Stone Tank

At the centre of the broch we excavated a series of three hearths lying one on top of another. As the second hearth (detailed in our earlier post) became unusable, it was levelled with a thick deposit of ash and rubble and a third hearth complex was built over the top. This was composed of […]