Weekend archaeology workshop at Baile Sear

A series of weekend archaeology events for kids took place at Baile Sear beach, North Uist last month. The children took part in the excavation of what appeared to be an Iron Age wheelhouse. Having cleared an area of shingle, the children exposed an area of deep floor deposits abutting a possible pier. Large amounts of animal bone and pottery were recovered from the floor deposits. Small finds included an almost complete pot and a single piece of flint. The pottery included wavy cordon decorations and everted rim ware indicating Middle Iron Age and Early-Later Iron Age dates. As well as excavation, the children learnt how to record, photograph and plan in situ archaeology and to process archaeological finds. The event was paid for by the Cultural co-ordinator service as part of CNES education department.

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