The Broch is Booming

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As part of this fortnight of excavation and summer fun at Clachtoll Broch, the wonderful Henry Fosbrooke has been running drumming workshops, with drums made of native wood and deer hides. It’s not unreasonable to believe that the broch’s inhabitants two thousand and more years ago, might have played instruments like this. And hopefully they […]

We’re all potty about the Iron Age at Clachtoll

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Look at this beautiful array of pots that emerged once the pit kiln could be opened, twenty-four hours after the blaze on Monday! We were amazed that so few cracked or broke in the fire and there are some lovely blue shades on some of the clay. Lots of delighted people who made pots in […]

The dig is off to a blazing start

The dig is off to a blazing start

One of Assynt’s modern day assets is a wealth of talented potters, not least because of Highland Stoneware, based in Lochinver. Two people who work some of the time for them, and also run their own ceramics businesses, are Fergus Stewart and Marc Campbell. Fergus is an internationally-renowned potter and kiln builder, with decades of […]

All welcome to join in some experimental archaeology at Clachtoll

THERE ARE LOTS OF EVENTS TO JOIN IN WITH FROM 2nd – 14th  JULY: ALL EVENTS ARE FREE EXCAVATION at the Broch Monday 2 July 2-5pm & then 9am – 5pm daily (not Sunday) until Saturday 14 July Volunteers welcome – no experience required   CLACHTOLL BROCH ACTIVITIES AND DISPLAYS: Monday 2 July Afternoon In […]

Free Broch Pottery Workshops, 25th & 27th June

Free Broch Pottery Workshops, 25th & 27th June

We founds lots of sherds of Iron Age pottery during our excavations at the broch last year, and now we’re going to try to make our own! Join us on Monday 25th or Wednesday 27th of June between 3.30pm and 6pm, meeting at Clachtoll Beach Car Park. Local craftspeople Fergus Stewart and Marc Campbell will […]

2018 Season Project Launch & Excavation Dates

2018 Season Project Launch & Excavation Dates

We’re delighted to be getting back to Clachtoll Broch soon for further excavations and consolidation work. Excavation dates: Monday 2nd July, 2pm-5pm Tuesday 3rd-Saturday 7th July and Monday 9th-Saturday 14th July, 9am-5pm As always, volunteers are invited to participate in work at the broch. No experience is required and we will provide all tools and […]

Iron Age Broch Seeks Adventurous Artist/s for Romance, Exploration and Engagement in Isolated Splendour

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Public archaeology | No Comments
Iron Age Broch Seeks Adventurous Artist/s for Romance, Exploration and Engagement in Isolated Splendour

The Assynt Foundation in the far north Highlands of Scotland, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund via the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, seeks expressions of interest from multi-disciplinary artists to engage with the archaeological exploration of the Clachtoll Broch. The broch project has excavated hidden treasures, obscured by tonnes of rubble, since the buildings […]

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 […]