Living Lomonds Big Dig: East Lomond Hill (Day 1-2)

Hello.

Welcome to the first of our dig blog posts for the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership’s community excavation at East Lomond Hill.

We’ve made great progress during the first two days of the dig thanks to loads of help from two dedicated teams of Scotland Gas Network volunteers. Despite some pretty harsh weather conditions on day one (thick fog and fine rain all day!) the team got stuck into de-turfing our first 10m x 5m trench. This was located over the site of suspected settlement remains that were identified by our geophysical survey (see last post). After a morning of heavy work we were rewarded with our first find – a sherd of Late Prehistoric pottery, probably Iron Age (700BC-AD500) in date.

SGN volunteers and Living Lomonds archaelogists Peter and Oliver pose for a group photo in the fog under the site shelter.

SGN volunteers and Living Lomonds archaeologists Peter (far left) and Oliver (far right) pose for a group photo in the fog under the site shelter. (C)LLLP

Cleaning back on Tuesday then revealed the remains of what may be a spread turf bank at the north side of the trench (perhaps part of a turf-walled building?). A line of angular boulders at the south side of the trench looks like it may resolve into a wall associated with a stoney deposit. These stone seem to have been placed to create a straight facing and are partially overlain by a brown subsoil, which gave up a post-medieval sherd of terracotta coloured pottery and occasional fragments of burnt bone. So the indications are good for the prospect of reasonably rich archaeological deposits, and the sun came out towards the end of the day. Who could ask for more? Thanks again to all the lads from SGN day one and two teams. More blog updates soon. Bye for now.

SGN volunteers cleaning back the trench on day two of the dig (note the line of stones in the foreground - by Stephen in the blue jumper).

SGN volunteers cleaning back the trench on day two of the dig (note the line of stones emerging in the foreground – by Stephen in the blue jumper). The summit of East Lomond Hill is visible in the background. (C)LLLP