Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

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

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Soggy but good

A rather wet day today after blistering sunshine (literally for one of the diggers! Wear sunscreen!) yesterday. We only managed the morning before the rain drove us off site. But things are progressing well and the community talk delivered by Cathy went well last night. (Big shout out to Cathy for that one as Dr GN was still recovering from his eye injury and DR MG had to be on mum duty).
Most of the trench has had a good trowel now and lots of features are emerging. The annexe is well defined apart from one edge, which looks much better from the air than on the ground. We believe we have the entrance to it, which seems to have some 'horns' or extensions coming off of it. There also appear to be a number of interesting things going on inside it and a complex relationship between it and the main fortification features (inner and outer ditches and the palisade) of the main complex. Some fun teasing out of phasing to be done there. Our palisade appears to have an entrance augmented by some impressive architecture as we have large post holes and another slot feature on one side of it. This is great news as one of our objectives this year is to try and get a bit more information on how the different fortifications were built and what they may have looked like. A great start to the week and the weather looks like it will take a good turn for the next few days. At least we should not have a dry dusty trench tomorrow.

Some technical difficulties at the minute means I cannot post Oskar's latest drone photo, but we are working on it!

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