Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

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

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Pot Luck!

A brilliant day back after yesterday's break.  We had lots of visitors to site today and the students were very busy giving tours, but in-between we managed to get quite a bit done.  Ditches are getting close to the bottom and ready for recording.  Other features are just getting started - and the annexe ditch is being difficult playing peek-a-boo.  It looks like is should be there, but keeps disappearing.  This is likely because the fill is redeposited sand which is very similar to the natural soil the ditch was dug into.

A few more finds today.  We have two iron buckles (found near each other so we call it the 'buckle hoard').  Their date is not very easy to figure out based on their shape, but they were found near a lovely handle from a pot.  We believe this to be the handle of an amphora and one of our key pieces of evidence for high status and trade here.  For those with a special interest, it appears to be Late Roman Amphora (once known as B ware), which probably dates to the 6th century AD.

Handle probably from 6th century imported pottery
The Rhynie Woman was on site today as well as Monikie Rock Art doing demonstrations.  There were lots of cinnamon buns (but you had to push Fred out of the way for them) and tasty cookies and coffee - plus the awesome Pictish Pizza! I could barely eat my lunch I was so full of cake (but I still managed it...).

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