Archaeology

Life and Death in Assynt’s Past

Loch Borralan Dig – Official Event Poster


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Launch Event: Excavation of Loch Borralan East Chambered Cairn

Wednesday 24th August, 7.30pm, Elphin Village Hall AOC’s John Barber and Graeme Cavers will introduce the project’s second phase of excavations. Excavations at Loch Borralan East Chambered Cairn.

Monday 29th August to Friday 16th September
Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate. No previous experience is required, tools and training will be provided, and it’s free to take part. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots, dress for the weather, and bring enough to eat and drink.

Soils Description, Identification & Recording
Wednesday 31st August, 10am Learn about the ways in which we interpret archaeological soils.

Guided Walk and Evening Lecture: Temples and/or Tombs? Saturday 3rd September.
As part of Scottish Archaeology Month, John Barber will lead a guided walk, meeting at the excavations at Loch Borralan at 10.30am. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a packed lunch. This will be followed by a talk on megalithic architecture at 7.30pm at Old Kirk, Inchnadamph.

Understanding Stratigraphy & Archaeological Recording
Wednesday 7th September, 10am Learn more about how we understand and record archaeological deposits.

Experimental Archaeology: Pottery
Saturday 24th September, 10am-4pm Learn how kilns were built in the past. We hope to fire pots made from local clay.

Bookings are not required, but more information available from Gordon gordon@gsleight.freeserve.co.uk; tel: 01571 855 207

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Excavations at Loch Borralan East Chambered Cairn

Launched on 24th August at Elphin Village Hall with digging begun on Monday 29th August.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate. No previous experience is required, tools and training will be provided, and it’s free to take part. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots, dress for the weather, and bring enough to eat and drink.

On 5th October (7.30pm) Life and Death in Assynt’s Past will report back on the Loch Borrolan dig and the results of the Neolithic pottery making.

To participate or to find out more – and for relevant contact details and ongoing updates – visit the Life and Death in Assynt’s Past on this site.

Neolithic Pottery Day

Wednesday, 7 September saw a highly successful Intergenerational event making ‘pots’ in the Neolithic way using Elphin Clay to be fired on Chicken Day on 24 September.

Potters included the Elphin 'Elves'

The Elphin 'overseas' residents

The Borrolan contingent

Locals and ..

.. Borrolan 'diggers'

As well as Elphin Clay providers/local 'potters'

Then the real experts arrived - Heidi representing the Elphin Babies

A brilliant day was had by all. Especial thanks to Brenda who led the day and will oversee the building of the kiln and firing the ‘pots’ on Chicken Day.