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10 April 2019SAMPLE PROCESSING RECOVERS HAMMERSCALE FROM LEARNIE 1A/B
RCP volunteers spent a valuable weekend processing soil samples from the 2017 and 2018 seasons. This is an invaluable stage of the post-excavation process where botanical material and smaller artefacts/ecofacts, which were not hand-retrieved during excavation, can be recovered. While certainly a large amount of charcoal was retained, we also recovered more animal and fish bone and some artefacts, including worked antler.
This material can now be added to the assemblages for analysis by environmental specialists and artefact specialists. Along with key artefact analysis, the valuable botanical remains will provide more information about the activities taking place and the types of natural resources being exploited.
Also, and more importantly for the Early Medieval layers, we also undertook magnetic sampling of both grid sampled and bulk soil samples from areas where we found evidence for iron metal-smithing. Amazing results, in particular from around the Learnie 1A furnace, with huge amounts of hammerscale recovered! And smaller amounts of iron residues recovered in Learnie 1B.
The project is so grateful to our volunteers who gave up a weekend to work through this material on cold, windy days! Now off to the specialists...
Hammerscale from the furnace in Learnie 1A
Flotation in progress at Ferryton
29 September 2018ROSEMARKIE CAVES PROJECT - HIGHLAND ARCHAEOLOGY FESTIVAL 2018
RCP took part in three events at the 2018 Highland Archaeology Festival:
- Rosemarkie Man exhibition at Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie. Open daily.
- Steven Birch talk at the Pictish Arts Conference, Elgin - Saturday 6th October. http://www.thepictishartssociety.org.uk/shop/4571102817/2018-annual-conference/4154698
- Simon Gunn talk - "Rosemarkie Man: Murder in the Caves" - Thursday 11th October, Fortrose Library, 7 pm
30 August 2018VOLUNTEER WORK - ANIMAL BONE ASSEMBLAGES
On Sunday 26 August 2018, we held a Rosemarkie Caves animal bone workshop and cleaning day at Tarradale House. Input and supervision was by Karen Kennedy, a Masters student from UHI, who worked on the faunal assemblages from the 2016 and 2017 digs under Dr Ingrid Mainland.
We even found a bone knife handle that inadvertently made it's way in with the samples - a good result!
03 August 20182018 EXCAVATION VIDEO
Check out our new video of the 2018 dig in the Learnie Caves and learn about what we discovered in June and July.