by MP - 15:54 on 21 February 2016


I think most people would agree with me that time has flown by since we covered over the site at the end of the summer in 2015. To many, it probably appears that not much is happening with the Cromarty Medieval Burgh project. Au contraire. Behind the scenes, our volunteers and specialists have been working away on many aspects of archaeology that are often overlooked by the public and that are equally important to the digging - analysis, interpretation and disemmination.


In the autumn, Caroline and Paul at the Cromarty Courthouse Museum put together a superb exhibition of the project, which extended the museum's opening dates during Highland Archaeology fortnight. During this time, Michael finished processing and compiling his amazing photographs from the project. Using these images, Caroline put together the Cromarty Medieval Archive, which is an online resource full of photos of the archaeology, volunteers, and artefacts from the dig - one that we will continue to add to. We also held a stall at the Black Isle Gathering, to spread the word about the exhibit and the project results.

In November, our ceramics specialists arrived to conduct the 2015 assessment of pottery from the site. During that week, volunteers assisted and began work on the refitting pot sherds to look at the form and function of the pots. Pat H. did a lion's share of this, and we look forward to seeing her work on the illustrations of some of these vessels.

In December and January, we received the specialist reports on the fish bone, and ceramics and glass finds. Work is also underway processing soil samples and on the specialist assessment of the mammal bone and/shellfish remains. We also look forward to the National Museums Scotland assessing our incredible small finds assemblage. 

While Steven and Mary continue to look at the fieldwork plans and results and to digest all of the specialist information, the museum (with the help of Fortrose student Teddy Reeves!) is preparing its Easter opening with a permanent Cromarty Medieval Burgh exhibition.

Our future fieldwork plans are still hazy at the moment, but we certainly have a commitment to finishing up some excavation on the current area - where we need more information to understand the remains underlying our late medieval buildings, in particular the widespread burning event that seems to have consumed the site.

So continue to get in touch and check our website and Facebook page. You can also follow this link to watch a wee video from the 2015 fieldwork season. Thank you to EVERYONE who has shown interest in the project and Cromarty's amazing archaeology! 

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