Category: Excavation

Dig Diary — Monday, August 12, 2013

Day Twenty-One ‘A tremendous mystery’ Today, we have the revenge of Trench T. Not through Egyptian-style curses, or even through unexpected and catastrophic falls of rubble. Trench T has just sat there and stuck...

Dig Diary — Friday, August 9

Day Twenty The stone robbers Structure Ten may have lost much of its internal walling to stone robbing in the distant past, but a clearer understanding of this dramatic structure is now progressing quickly....

Dig Diary — Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day Seventeen We are delighted to announce that we have a new building. Site director Nick and Structure Twelve supervisor, Jim, were there at the birth this morning, indeed acting as midwives. Both Nick...

Dig Diary — Monday, August 5, 2013

Day Sixteen A law of archaeology . . . . . . when the sun is beating down and everyone is feeling a little, well, exhausted, things start happening. Sunny Monday has, indeed, been very...

Dig Diary — Friday, August 2, 2013

Day Fifteen A plan for Trench T Just in case the good folk of Trench T feel a little neglected, while the world’s media and, more importantly this blog, concentrates on the wonders of incised...

Dig Diary — Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day Fourteen There is a strange meteorological process in Orkney which is seen nowhere else in the world. It occurs when, by a sort of wind-borne osmosis, the very air absorbs moisture to saturation...

Dig Diary — Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day Twelve We detect some of the visiting students and diggers on site looking at us Orkney residents today with a sort of new, and wondering, respect — as in “how do they manage...

Dig Diary — Monday, July 29, 2013

Day Eleven A strange sort of sticky goo is leaking from the screen of the laptop on which this blog is being written. That’s how hot it is. Truth to say, there have been...