Today's star find is this gorgeous little (probably) seal's tooth pendant from the early Iron Age levels - Julie want's to let it dry out before she commits to seal tooth (definite):
This was spotted by the eagle-eyed Chloe, one of our young American students who are all having a whale of a time and are a pleasure to work with, even if they are all making me feel horribly old. You're probably wondering what the tattoo connection is - well Chloe has promised her friends that she's getting a tattoo of her first small find and this is it - no wonder she looks so happy ...
... after it's quite small so it's not going to hurt so much getting the tattoo!
There was a lot of action off-site today, with the Rousay Regatta, barbecue and fun day including boat trips, the RNLI Kirkwall lifeboat and our very own Keith, Alan and Alice in their Viking alter egos, with she-who-must-be-obeyed-in-the-finds-hut Hollie, and Lindsey with his amazing site images, all organised by the Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust, who took over the ferry waiting room and heritage centre for the day:
We let our diggers attend for a bit so I was doing shuttle runs up to the pier and back, I think they were a bit shocked to see Alice out of her digging gear, she does clean up well and make a very fine Viking:
The day was rounded off by a barbecue and party at the pier - probably with copious amounts of beer - but I had to get the boat back so could only sniff the roasting meat enviously as I boarded the boat. I bet they're all still there having a great Saturday night - ho hum, I think I'll go and console myself with some banana custard - not quite the same though!