Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

Rhynie, Aberdeenshire
The Craw Stane with Tap o'Noth hillfort in the background (Photo courtesy of Cathy MacIver).

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Picts in the rain

A rather cold wet day.  We managed to persevere until about 4pm, but had to pack up early due to rainwater gathering in the deeper features and the site becoming a bit too unsafe to walk around. 

However, progress is good and with only one day left to go that is a very good thing! Features are all pretty much finished with only recording left to be done.  Gordon and I are working our way through checking plans and context sheets.  We had only a few intrepid visitors today includind David, who brought the team some biscuits and was very popular!  Fred stopped by around lunchtime and somehow Oskar got him to work! Our other volunteer today, Sheila, managed to find two fantastic objects that might be early medieval - one is a piece of glass and the other was a small piece of metalwork. 

Fred and Shiela clean back an area over the palisade.

Tonight is, in theory, 'party night' at the dig house - but people seem a bit too tired! Perhaps the rain has taken it out of them as usually dig teams are a bit more up for a party.  I suppose the supervisors will have to lead by example.  The day looks like it is drying out now and fingers crossed for tomorrow.

A finds update - an email from Ewan confirms that the mould is part of a type H brooch and would be for the back side of it - there are only two other moulds for this from Scotland (one from Clatchard Craig in Fife and the other from Birsay, in Orkney) so it is a very exciting find.

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