Wednesday’s excavation update from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute’s Dan Lee.
A day of finds
There were some spectacular finds at Skaill today.
We started excavating below an internal floor in one of the post medieval buildings and Jen found a trade or workhouse token – a plain, copper-alloy disc stamped on both sides with “MA”.
That was before Ingrid spied an unusual object in the corner of Trench Twenty-Two – a pair of c.19th century spectacles, with one lens still in place!
It was wonderful to find such a personal object from one of the inhabitants of Skaill. It looks like they were reading glasses as they are similar to my +1 glasses.
At the Wirk, Sarah Jane and Chris lifted two finely moulded fragments of red sandstone, both with similar profiles perhaps from a fine window. The team continued digging down the sides of the large stone walls to find their foundations.