We’ve just wrapped up two weeks of digging at Easter Croftintygan and Ardnagaul. Thanks to the University of Glasgow students who volunteered to help excavate and of course to the Royal Archaeological Institute for their support for the work.

The excavation team at Ardnagaul

The highlights of the excavation include some amazing sediment colours at the Easter Croftintygan ring-ditch house. This may not look like much, but archaeologists love vibrant sediment colours, and Easter Croftintygan delivered in spades – Munsell, eat your heart out. Preservation at Croftintygan was generally pretty good as far as these types of sites go, and that should bode well for the recovery of material suitable for radiocarbon dating.

Ring-ditch and external bank at Easter Croftintygan.

At Ardnagaul, we had rather less good preservation. It seems clear now that later activity on and around the site, no doubt related to the historic settlement here, has significantly impacted the survival of this probably Iron Age hut circle. Despite the relatively poor preservation, we did find a series of post holes and these should provide good material to radiocarbon date.

A post-hole at Ardnagaul hut-circle

We were also very pleased to welcome so many visitors to the site. In particular, the Breadalbane Historic Society who came to see the excavations at Easter Croftintygan as well as the Loch Tay Young Archaeologists Club who helped us excavate for a day!

Young Archaeologist Club help excavate at Easter Croftintygan.

All in all, the excavations were a success, and we must thank again the volunteers from the University of Glasgow, the Royal Archaeological Institute for supporting the work. Additionally, we must thank Scottish Natural Heritage, Robert and David Waugh and Emma Paterson for their permissions to conduct the work.