Swandro Dig Diary: Racing Against Time and Tide
By Team Swandro, Aug 19 2017 05:42PM
Since we’re not digging at the moment I thought this might be a good time to catch you all up on some of the background to the dig, so that when we come back (hopefully – subject to funding) next July you’ll all be up to speed and ready to dive right in to the regular dig diary.
If we were still on site we wouldn’t be digging today anyway as it’s a Saturday, so if it helps you can pretend we’re still digging but this is our day off – puts me in mind of seeing a Motörhead gig many years ago when they’d just had The Bomber stolen - the inimitable Lemmy announced that even if the Bomber hadn’t been stolen they wouldn’t have been able to get it in as the hall as was too small, so we should just imagine that it was parked up on the lorry outside:
You may need to work with me on this one!
Anyway back to the archaeology – as regular readers will know one of the most threatened parts of the site is our Neolithic chambered tomb
By Team Swandro, Aug 6 2017 06:31PM
Another glorious sunny day here in Orkney, pity the dig’s over for 2017 and we’re not able to take advantage of all this nice weather. Avid readers of this diary will remember that I promised you full details on the identification of our Roman coin when we had them.
By Team Swandro, Aug 2 2017 07:19PM
Well that’s all folks – a sad day for us all leaving Rousay on the boat for the last time in 2017
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we watched this magical little island receding in the wake of the MV Eynhallow
By Team Swandro, Jul 30 2017 06:58PM
Everyone here at Team Swandro wants to send a huge thank you to all our supporters who have donated over the course of the dig to our ‘Save our Finds trailer’ appeal.
The good news is that thanks to your generosity we have raised the £1,500 we needed to buy the trailer: here it is posing for a photo before being taken off site to spend a winter in a friendly shed, storing lots of our equipment for us and having a well-deserved rest before next season:
The site is now safely backfilled ready for the winter
By Team Swandro, Jul 28 2017 03:16PM
Well, this is our last day on site finishing off all the backfilling and generally tidying up, taking our tea tent down and suchlike. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this diary throughout the dig, and thank you to all who’ve supported us by making donations.
I’ve been looking through all the post shares and likes that we’ve had to see which were our most popular diary entries over the course of the dig – wonder if you can guess which ones were hits? Was it the Roman Coin? Or maybe the Pictish Smithy and the incredibly interesting hammerscale & globs of molten metal? Or the beautiful tomb passageway? Or any of the other very serious and worthy entries with lots of lovely archaeology?
Well, if you thought that you’d be dead wrong - the diary entries that were the biggest hits had one thing in common: any mention of the Vikings accompanied by pictures of semi-naked hunks with big axes with/without blood. I don’t know what exactly this says about our readership, but I believe in giving the public what they want:
OK now everyone’s happy, we’ll proceed to the archaeology