Excavation Iron Age ORCA Swartigill

Crossing to Caithness for last dig of the season

Excavation resumes at Swartigill, Caithness, tomorrow - running until September 8.
Picture: Bobby Friel
Drone shot of the Swartigill site. (Bobby Friel)

The covers will start coming of at the Swartigill Iron Age site in Caithness tomorrow.

There, from August 14, until September 8, work resumes at the Burn of Swartigill – a collaboration between the UHI Archaeology Institute and the Yarrows Heritage Trust.

The excavations have provided a glimpse of everyday life in Iron Age Scotland – but a life that does not centre on the monumental architecture of the brochs.

Since 2015, the excavation has uncovered the remains of a settlement area spanning over a thousand years – from c350BC until AD945.

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.

Visitors are welcome and tours are available.