Scottish island

Discovering Bute’s Archaeology – a view from a Scottish island 3.00pm

I’ve been going throught he many responses to my consultation on the research framework document for Bute this afternoon.  This is a key project output and arises from an open and ongoing consultation with the everyone who is interested in Bute’s archaaeology.

The consultation is part of the DBLPS Archaeological Research Project, which has three simple guiding aims:

Audit all aspects of the existing archaeological and heritage record

Enhance aspects of that record through financial and in kind support for research projects

Excite people about the archaeology and heritage of Bute through an inclusive and wide ranging archaeology programme

Within this framework, we seek to bring together the various stakeholders in Bute’s heritage to create an active and vital forum on the island where old and young, professional and enthusiast, local resident and placement student can meet, explore, discuss and debate the islands archaeology.  Professional skills and experience are important but creating knowledge sharing partnerships between all these groups leads to a much more rounded experience and enhanced end result for all participants.

I’m also assisted by a steering group who offer help and support as the project develops, which feaures representatives from local and national institutions like the Bute Musuem and Historic Scotland
Which reminds me, need to finish the minutes from the last meeting…..

Discovering Bute’s Archaeology – a view from a Scottish island 12.30pm

Swimming done and a useful trip – bumped into one of our regular crew in the local butchers who is doing a distance learning degree in archaeology: promised him to get his excavation forms back to him ASAP (oops!)

Quick bite of lunch and then a pleasant half hour in the sunshine talking lithics with the specialist who is looking at the material we recovered from last years excavations at Scalpsie Barrow. A great excavation and one of my favourite spots on the island.  You can see more about that and all the other Discover Bute activities at


Discovering Bute’s Archaeology – a view from a Scottish island 11am

Moring started with a quick e-mail check – I’m just tidying up the loose ends of excavations that we did as a community group in June on a local SAM and am waiting on a trench report back from the supervisor

Nothing so far but I’m sure she’s stuck inside working on it on a sunny day like today…. 😉


I’ve also got an open access geophysics weekend over tomorrow and Sunday – a chance for residents and visitors to work with Rose Geophysics looking for any evidence of a lost stone circle

St Colmacs Geophysics

Should be good, not least because our friends at RCHAMS managed to turn up this

The splodges to the left are what we are interested in – stones so big they had to be ‘removed by powder’ should make for a decent target. Had a lot of local interest as usual so I’m hoping that Sue and Alistair get a decent turnout

Nothing else major except a couple more likes for the old facebook page which is always nice:

By 10 the kids have fininshed their latest version of the ‘taking each other to nursery’ game  – rope them into a quick 20 mins of stripping the wallpaper off the bathroom and then onto the swimming pool…… of the nice things about this job is the oppertunity to intertwine life and work