Stone lamp – 3D model

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Artefacts | No Comments

One of the most remarkable aspects of the assemblage of artefacts from Clachtoll broch is the number of stone lamps that were found. Many were very finely made, carved to create smooth cup-shaped vessels. Others were decorated with incised lines, creating geometric patterns on the outside and handles. The lamps would have burned tallow or […]

Pushing on with post-excavation analyses

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments

The final phase of excavations at Clachtoll may be over, but the post-excavation analyses are still in progress, with lots of careful scrutiny of the evidence to come before we can make any more solid interpretations about the construction, use and demise of the broch. Our post-excavation research design (PERD) sets out the way in […]

Is it baffling? Or just baffling?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Is it baffling? Or just baffling?

It’s well worth making your way to Clachtoll broch this week, as the archaeologists are back, exploring the entrance path at the front of the monument. There is some lovely paving just outside the entrance, and then the path seems to start bending and becoming more roughly built. You might expect the route towards such […]

SPARKS WILL FLY ON SATURDAY!

SPARKS WILL FLY ON SATURDAY!

PUBLIC EVENT Traditional Metal Working and an Iron Age Story 2.30pm, Saturday 6 October 2018 at Clachtoll Broch or Stoer Village Hall if wet Author Mandy Haggith will talk and read from her novel, The Walrus Mutterer. Julia Cowie, artist in residence, will run a traditional copper smelt and demonstrate traditional bronze casting techniques. There […]

A Spell of Casting at Clachtoll

A Spell of Casting at Clachtoll

The broch has an artist in residence over the next few months, the amazing artist in metal, Julia Cowie. She’s not actually going to be living in the broch, which is a bit draughty these days! But she will be in Assynt to create some new work and inspire local people. Her activities will help […]

More questions than answers at Clachtoll broch

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments

The current phase of excavation the broch is complete, with many unexpected results and, as usual, more questions have been raised by the finds. The excavation focused on the ‘guard cell’ within the walls, to the left of the entrance. It has a corbelled roof but the wall at the far end is clearly a […]

Time traveling for our tea

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Time traveling for our tea

A throng of people of all ages from the local community, visitors, volunteers and archaeologists set off back in time for our dinners yesterday, with an iron age food tasting day at Stoer Green. The fire was lit at about 10am to heat stones while a pit was dug for roasting meat. We put up […]

Mysterious stones found at Clashnessie!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Excavation, Public archaeology | No Comments
Mysterious stones found at Clashnessie!

Archaeologists are often non-committal. When you ask them what they have unearthed on a dig you will often get a ‘well, on the one hand it could be… but on the other hand it might…’ Here in Assynt we have a situation where ‘your guess is as good as any’ prevails, at least for the […]

More interesting finds at Clachtoll broch

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Artefacts, Excavation | No Comments
More interesting finds at Clachtoll broch

The excavation of the ‘guard’ cell to the left of the entrance, between the broch walls, continues to produce really interesting finds, particularly coming out from the sieving of the gloopy material in the floor of the chamber. Under where the almost complete skeleton of a sheep was found was some slimy deposits – possibly […]

What did the broch people have for their tea?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Come along on Friday to find out! Friday 13 July 2018, Stoer Green From 2pm, food preparation: grinding grain in a quern, setting up a roasting pit, making bannocks, gathering and preparing herbs etc From 6pm, cooking and tasting. ALL WELCOME – BRING A BOWL AND SPOON! For more details contact f.j.valentine@btopenworld.com iron age food […]