Post-excavation Workshops

Head over to the events page to find out more about the post-excavation workshops taking place in Stoer Hall, Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th of November 2012. All welcome!

Excavations completed

Having half sectioned the pit feature on Tuesday, today we removed the remaining fill and discovered some very large, flattish, upright stones resting against the northern-most edge of the pit. The whole pit seems to have been lined with a layer of clay.

The pit after being fully excavated, viewed from the east

The jury is out on what these stones represent, and the overall function of the site, but we can state with some certainty that large amounts of water were being heated, perhaps for bathing. We’ll post more detailed results later, once we have radiocarbon dates and once other post-ex analyses have been conducted.

The pit fully revealed

Today we continued excavating the central area of the mound to reveal the extent of the pit. Once the central baulks were removed we could make out the outline of the dark black deposit, and also see the large stones resting on top of the pit fill more clearly. These stones are not heat-shattered like the mound material, and were covered over with an orange clay layer.

The extent of the pit after the removal of the baulks

After revealing the extent of the pit, we began removing the fill material, starting with the south-eastern half of the material. A channel cut into the natural runs into the pit from the south-east. The pit it steep-sided, around 60cm deep, the glacial till forming the bottom – although the pit’s excavators dug down through the glacial till for around 10cm, which must have been very hard going!

The depth of the pit  is revealed

Exciting times at Stronechrubie

Things have been getting very interesting on site today. At long last, the features in the centre of the mound have become much clearer and we have identified a large pit filled with an almost black, stony context. After thoroughly cleaning the site and taking photographs, we spent this afternoon recording the two sections (vertical faces) of both of the excavated quadrants, in which the layers overlying the pit are clearly visible. The pit contains a broadly circular arrangement of large stones which are particularly interesting as they are not heat-shattered like the mound material.

The site viewed from the north. You can see the large pit in the centre, currently obscured by the baulks – but not for much longer!

Tomorrow we will remove the baulks that currently cross the pit. Then we will be able to excavate the pit itself – and who knows what we’ll find!

Recording the sections