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Posts by: ann

  1. What does a lithic specialist do all day?

      For exciting insights in the life of a lithic specialist read What does a lithic specialist do all day?

  2. Working Stone, Making Communities

    Very pleased to announce the the launch of a web resource for prehistoric stone tools in Orkney http://www.orkneystonetools.org.uk/ . The results of a three year Leverhulme-funded project led by Professor Mark Edmonds together with Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark, Ann Clarke and Dr Antonia Thomas are presented with fabulous images and descriptions of a multitude of different stone […]

  3. Vintage Stonehenge

      There is always a jolt when you realise that your career can be measured in decades. Imagine then when I did the necessary subtraction to find that it was four and a tenth decades since my first excavation – Winchester Unit 1976 by the way, nice and sunny, didn’t realise then that most digs […]

  4. Ritual or Magic?

      Northlight Heritage have recently excavated a fascinating site by Loch Freuchie, Perth and Kinross. This structure, built around a spring head, housed a group of stone ‘figures’ and a collection of quartz cobbles. The anthropomorphic figures are intriguing. They are natural waterworn forms, ranging in height from 100mm to 200mm, which have been formed […]

  5. A Late Neolithic butchery site in Orkney

    Winter storms exposed a spread of animal bone and stone tools at Skaill Bay next to Skara Brae, Orkney. Most of the bone was of red deer and the stone tools were Skaill knives – flakes made from sandstone cobbles. Here is the plan of the site showing the arcs and groups of Skaill knives […]

  6. Ground stone from Isle of Man Meolithic

    Oxford Archaeology North  recently excavated a Mesolithic house at Cass ny Hawin 2, Isle of Man. This house had burnt down leaving charred timbers and quantities of burnt hazelnut shell as well as the flint and stone tools lying where they were last placed before the conflagration. The stone tools formed a fascinating collection including three […]

  7. Medieval Rotary Querns

      An unprecedented number of rotary querns were found during excavation of Medieval and Post-medieval buildings at Cromarty. The forty querns are broadly similar in size and style. The upper stones are flat disc querns, made by dressing a slab of sedimentary rock, or occasionally a schist slab, on the upper and lower faces. The […]

  8. Stone discs from Cromarty Medieval Burgh, Scotland

    An unusual assemblage of 148 flat stone discs was recovered during excavations at Cromarty Medieval Burgh http://www.medievalcromarty.org/  Many were found in middens and shell middens dating to the 13th and 14th Centuries. The discs were quickly made by selecting whole or split cobbles and then flaking them coarsely around the perimeter to form a roughly circular […]

  9. A Bronze Age Cemetery

    Recent excavations at Crieff, Perthshire by CFA-Archaeology Ltd have revealed a Bronze Age funerary complex.  A circular cemetery was identified from a cluster of cists, pits, post holes and cremation deposits whilst some 15m to the south there was a separate group of cremation pits and inverted Cordoned Urn burials. Beautiful and unusual stone objects […]

  10. A decorated stone disc from Ness of Brodgar, Orkney

    Work is underway looking at the stone tool assemblages from the Neolithic site at Ness of Brodgar, Orkney. As well as a large number of flaked lithics there is a substantial assemblage of larger stone tools including axes, maceheads, ground stone spatulate tools, cobble tools, Skaill knives, stone discs and a wide range of grinding stones […]



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