Going Underground: a Souterrain within a Broch?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | One Comment
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 | 3 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 […]

Iron Age Food and an update from the project

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

On Thursday 9 November the archaeology team will be reporting back on their analysis of finds and conclusions so far. This will happen in Stoer Hall from 7.30pm. We’ll be serving some Iron Age style refreshments from 7pm onwards, so make sure not to eat too much beforehand or you’ll miss out on some archaeologically-informed […]

What we did and what we found out 

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Join us at Stoer Hall on 9th and 10th November to find out more about the results of our work at Clachtoll, and to see the lovely finds. More details in the poster below! 

Our stonemason speaks

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Our stonemason speaks

We thought you would be interested to hear from the broch builder himself. For regular readers, no, sadly this doesn’t mean we’ve managed to bring Ug back to life, but Brian Wilson, from Wildland Services in Ullapool, is the next best thing – the masterful stonemason who has been repairing some of the most dangerous […]

Only one week of excavation to go at Clachtoll broch

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Only one week of excavation to go at Clachtoll broch

It’s hard to believe but the archaeological team will be at Clachtoll broch for just one more week. It’s also hard to believe the transformation to the building in that time. Almost the entire interior of the ruin has been revealed, with hundreds of tonnes of stone taken out and the floor removed right down […]

3D model of Clachtoll by James McComas

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Clachtoll volunteer and NoSAS member James McComas has constructed this 3D model of the broch using photogrammetry… thanks James! Clachtoll Broch, Assynt Sep 2017 Late Excavation by jamesmcc on Sketchfab  

Dem bones, dem bones…

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Dem bones, dem bones…

(Thanks to Jen Valentine for this post). Wednesday afternoon and Thursday last week saw the start of the specialist environmental aspect of the Broch excavation with some of the bone and deposit samples being looked at. AOC’s Environmental Archaeologist, Jack, started with a wet sieving session on Wednesday afternoon. On the bank of the burn […]

Wanted: Miniature Archaeologist!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Wanted: Miniature Archaeologist!

With every stone that is moved, the broch seems to become more dramatic, and now some of the intricate corners are now under investigation, including the guard chambers off the entrance passage. Excavating these calls for a really tiny archaeologist who likes dark, confined spaces, so if that’s you, do get in touch! Meanwhile we’ll […]