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COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY

by MKP - 21:02 on 29 July 2014

 

Yesterday, we were visited by a member of the Staffin Community Trust from Skye. Chatting through the project with him allowed me a few moments to think about how lucky we are to be working on such a great site - we have the support of the local community on so many different levels with an excavation site in a scenic, accessible location! The project is supported not only by an amazing community of Cromarty folks, but also from some amazing local organisations such as the arts trust, the estate, the youth leaders, the museums, the school and the local businesses - as well as regional community members. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with all of the people on- and off-site.

 

We have made great progress today in defining our medieval buildings on the north side of the road, and this has not been an easy process - with at least 3-4 different structural phases occuring on both buildings. Kenny recovered some lovely cooking pot sherds from a layer dating to the c.15th century. Over the next few days we will focus on defining these two buildings and recovering material from the associated strata, whilst on the south side of the road we are deciphering the structures, ditches and deposits relating for sure to significant industrial activity.

 

Today, I also enjoyed seeing grandad and granddaughter working so well together (Bay found a lovely domestic dog mandible), photographing some finds with Finlay and Sorley, and watching an enthusiastic group of children (who also enjoyed the cakes!). Looking forward to the final site tours this weekend and the end of dig BBQ on Saturday....

 

  

    

 

 


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