Recent post-excavation work, processing soil samples excavated from Swartigill, has revealed several beautiful and tiny pieces of Iron Age jewellery. Not one, not two, but three blue glass beads!
With winter upon us, the focus of the Swartigill project has turned towards post-excavation. This is a good opportunity for a recap of what we know about the site as it stands.
The ongoing excavation at the Burn of Swartigill is the subject of a Highland Archaeology Festival online talk on Monday, October 4.
Friday greeted us with a misty morning, a fresh foresty smell in the air and the purple heather flowers glimmering with dew as we made our way to the site.
As we move through the penultimate week of this year’s dig, the excavations at Swartigill are moving along at a good pace.
We were joined on site this morning by some of the pupils from Watten Primary School who were very enthusiastic, and who really enjoyed having the opportunity to get involved and take part in their first archaeological dig.
The tenth day of the 2021 excavation at the Burn of Swartigill started with a perfect blue morning. Going to “work” was a pleasure.
Today was the first of many visits by the local schools. The first of the season this year was the P6-7 class of Lybster Primary. The class was first shown around the site and introduced to Iron Age Swartigill Burn. Alannah Edwards reports…
It was a somewhat fresh, cool start to the morning today which, despite the contrast to last week’s glorious sunshine, has not dampened the spirits of the team. Holly Young reports…
We are one week into this season’s excavation at the Burn of Swartigill, Caithness, and it’s time for an update on progress on site.
With the second week of excavation at the Burn of Swartigill, Caithness, getting under way today, here are a few photographs of the Iron Age site from last week.
On August 23, 2021 archaeologists from the UHI Archaeology Institute, aided by volunteers, will return to the Burn of Swartigill Iron Age site in Caithness. Ahead of the 2021 excavation season, Rick Bartongives us an update on the project so far.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, in partnership with the Yarrows Heritage Trust, are preparing for a fifth season of excavation at the Burn of Swartigill in Thrumster, Caithness.
The community archaeology excavation at the Burn of Swartigill is now nearing completion for this season.
The dig is organised by the Yarrows Heritage Trust, in collaboration with the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and ORCA Archaeology. Rick Barton, project officer with ORCA, talks us through the finds of the week…
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, in partnership with the Yarrows Heritage Trust and ORCA Archaeology, have completed their first week of excavation at the community dig, near the Burn of Swartigill.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, in partnership with the Yarrows Heritage Trust, are preparing for a fourth season of excavation at the Burn of Swartigill in Thrumster, Caithness, Scotland.
We are into the last week of the excavations at the Burn of Swartigill in Caithness, and we have achieved all our key objectives for this season.