The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is preparing for a fifth season of excavation at the Burn of Swartigill in Thrumster, Caithness.
The excavation, in partnership with the Yarrows Heritage Trust, has so far uncovered a complex of Iron Age structures, which are providing an important window into Iron Age society away from the monumental architecture of the brochs.
This season we will continue to reveal these structures and recover information about what life was like for the Iron Age people who lived there 2,000 years ago. Analysis of the remnants of day-to-day life will not only help us to understand the environment and economy of the site but potentially that of Iron Age Scotland in a much broader context.
The 2021 excavations begin on August 23 and run until September 15.
The site is located near Thrumster, a few miles south of Wick. To get there take the Haster and Tannach road from Thrumster and look out for our signs just before the bridge crossing at the Burn of Swartigill.
There is limited parking at the roadside, so be cautious as you get in and out of your vehicles. The dig is a short hike across boggy moorland.
Tours are available and the archaeologists will be on site every day of the week between August 23 and September 1. The excavation will then continue from Monday, September 4, until Wednesday, September 15.
Visitors are welcome.
Anyone interested in volunteering on site should email Enquiries.ORCA@uhi.ac.uk for more information.