Revisiting Structure N
The site has been a hive of activity today as the excavation gets into full swing.
Today was my first day on site and a rare opportunity to get out of the museum, and museum stores, and into the field. What a welcome – amazing archaeology AND sunshine.
My morning was spent in the finds hut, before heading out on site to do some digging.
Structure N is heavily modified building, which has seen several phases of activity, reminding us of the fluidity of the site. The team worked on Structure N last year, and excavation revealed a lot of metalworking debris, furnace-lining material and pottery.
However, in the intervening period some more metalworking debris had weathered out so we temporarily revisited it this year.
As curator of archaeology at Orkney Museum, I spend my days managing and caring for a “Recognised Collection”. My work includes everything from accessioning artefacts into the collection, answering research requests to designing exhibitions.
But while I work with artefacts every day, there is nothing like being in the field and being part of the process from artefact recovery to archive.
While I spent the afternoon excavating lots of metalworking debris, the star find of the day was over in Structure O, where Francesca found a beautiful bone point.
Over the next few weeks, I will be in the finds hut with Finds Supervisor, Kev Kerr, putting some of my curatorial skills into action in the field. I am really looking forward to seeing what the site reveals this season…
Curator of Archaeology at Orkney Museum