Recording Loch Ryan’s flying boat base, RAF Wig Bay

Recording Loch Ryan’s flying boat base, RAF Wig Bay

The RAF Wig Bay ShoreDIG got underway in March with the survey of the remains of the flying boat base. Set up in 1942, this was Britain's main wartime base for the maintenance of flying boats. It specialised in converting American-built Catalinas to RAF standards and...

Wemyss Caves 4D continues…

Wemyss Caves 4D continues…

The Wemyss Caves are once again at the centre of a digital whirlwind. Thanks to funding from Fife Council, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, teams from the York Archaeological Trust, (YAT), SCAPE, and the Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS)...

Findhorn Bay Zulus

Findhorn Bay Zulus

Scattered along the Culbin edge of Findhorn Bay lie the remains of at least 35 large wooden fishing boats. These are extremely rare survivals of the once common mighty Zulu herring drifter. Today only a single Class 1 Zulu survives in the Scottish Fisheries Museum in...

A blog post from Uist – the view from SCHARP volunteers.

A blog post from Uist – the view from SCHARP volunteers.

The visits to Uist by team members from the SCHARP and ACCORD project to carry out training in their respective surveying techniques a few weeks apart in the early autumn of 2014 proved a useful juxtaposition of events for Access Archaeology members Simon Davies,...

Remembering the Flying Boat Base at Wig Bay, Loch Ryan

Remembering the Flying Boat Base at Wig Bay, Loch Ryan

The latest ShoreDIG at Wig Bay, Loch Ryan, has its roots at the start of the SCHARP project. It was nearly two years ago that the SCHARP team first visited Wig Bay, Loch Ryan for one of the first ShoreUPDATE training events of the project. This is a landscape of  the...

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 2: A very special vessel

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 2: A very special vessel

Amongst the mud punts and the schooners at Newshot Island was one very unusual looking boat. Made of metal, the vessel, when seen from above, had a distinctive chamber at the back (to get a better view, click here and zoom in on Eddie Martin’s aerial image). The Clyde...

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 1: The Mystery of the Burned Schooners

The Newshot Ship Graveyard Part 1: The Mystery of the Burned Schooners

While looking at Google Earth, a sharp-eyed SCHARP volunteer spotted numerous wrecks on the foreshore of the Clyde near the Erskine Bridge. A search on Canmore, the national online database of buildings and archaeological sites, revealed that the “remains of several...

Adventures in Lewis and the Uists

Adventures in Lewis and the Uists

Summer fades quickly in northern Scotland, and we were so pleased to fit in a week in the Western Isles before the nights draw in and the wind starts to bite. In Lewis, we spent time with old friends from Lewes Castle College, re-visiting sites that we’re keeping a...

Incredible archaeology in Shetland

Incredible archaeology in Shetland

Nowhere more than in Shetland, have we seen the power of the last two winters of storms to reveal new coastal archaeology. The relentless easterly gales of 2013 and 2014 hit the coast of South Mainland hard. When the seas abated, two incredible sites were revealed....

Preparations to move a burnt mound on Sanday and more…

Preparations to move a burnt mound on Sanday and more…

Exactly a year to the day from our first visit to Orkney, we are happily back on Sanday preparing for the excavation and relocation of Meur burnt mound in July. The 3000 year old structure is being moved from its current perilous location in the intertidal zone to the...

The next generation of Eyemouth explorers

The next generation of Eyemouth explorers

The fort at Eyemouth changed the course of history, and not just that of Scotland, it played a significant role in the relationships between Scotland, England and France. Beginning life as an English fortification, it may have been the first Trace Italienne fort in...

The Last of the Embo Zulus

The Last of the Embo Zulus

It started with a flood of ShoreUPDATE records submitted by the North of Scotland Archaeology Society (NoSAS). At the end of a bitterly cold ShoreUPDATE survey last February, NoSAS members walking across the muddy sands of Loch Fleet at low tide stumbled upon timbers...

Digital future for Wemyss Caves Pictish Carvings

Digital future for Wemyss Caves Pictish Carvings

The Wemyss Caves were at the centre of a digital data capture whirlwind in November. Specialists from the York Archaeological Trust (YAT) joined SCAPE and Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS) for a week-long technology extravaganza – and there was plenty of...

On the coastal campaign trail in Solway

On the coastal campaign trail in Solway

We've just had a fantastic few days in the company of ten enthusiastic young volunteers from around Europe, exploring the heritage of the Solway Coast. As part of the YES! Project (Young E-Citizens for a Sustainable European Coastline) young people from Italy, Greece,...

Wrapping up at Cromarty

Wrapping up at Cromarty

It was with a heavy heart that we packed up the site at Cromarty this weekend; we’ve had two weeks of great archaeology and great company in a beautiful setting, so the SCHARP team were sorry to be leaving. The work on site has revealed some interesting archaeological...

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