An Unexpected Journey

I know I announced that my summer would be spent on the North Sea. Em, am I allowed to change my mind? An offer has come up that is, well, irresistible. My mate Ian and I have been invited to consult on a project that I have been told I have to see to believe.

In the meantime, the cheque in my hand makes this an easy decision.

Next post, with a bit of luck, from "New Scotland" (Nova Scotia)

GPR find

L: Ballock Dagger
We made an exciting find today thanks to our MALA ProEx system (which we affectionately call Richard), the remains of a ballock dagger. There are several elements of interest associated with a blade like this being found in Scotland. The dagger has been sent to Edinburgh for further tests.

Dig rules don't allow a published image (yet) but here's a photo that will give you a general idea. What we found was similar to the knife on the left, except that the tip of the blade is missing, and the rest is in rough shape, as in very, very dirty.

Give it some respect though, it has been buried for over three centuries.

Source: Wikimedia Commons by gammaflightleader

Summer by the sea

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and some rescue archaeology for the next few weeks. A word on the term: "rescue" is often associated with imminent disaster, like a volcanic eruption or earthquake. Here, the place has been under assault from the ocean for, well, round about four centuries. It just so happens that the resources became available at about the time the National Trust realized this pile might just fall off the cliff. Literally.



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