In 2013 the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Project was awarded development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a major new programme of community led heritage work in north western Sutherland. Part of this project involves a proposal to carry out a large-scale programme of archaeological excavation, conservation and presentation at Clachtoll, designed to understand, protect, and present one of the area’s finest prehistoric monuments.
Throughout 2014, Historic Assynt consulted with archaeologists, engineers, architects and various stakeholders to design a project that includes an archaeological investigation of the broch tower. The rubble that has sealed the site for 2000 years will be carefully removed to allow a full exploration of daily life inside the broch and the processes that ultimately resulted in its collapse.
The project is led by AOC Archaeology Group and is fully open to the public, with opportunities for training in archaeological excavation, survey, artefact study and environmental analysis. On completion of the excavation, Historic Assynt aims to present the broch to the public in an innovative, sensitive and groundbreaking way.
Most importantly, the project will safeguard the legacy of the monument for future generations by halting the process of structural decay and by promoting the record of the archaeological investigation as widely as possible.