Baile Sear, North Uist

Baile Sear, North Uist

Excavation A hurricane-force storm hit the Western Isles in 2005, and did severe damage to the sandy machair landscape of the exposed west coast. The island of Baile Sear, just off North Uist was particularly hard-hit. Stone structures exposed in the eroding coast...
Loch Paible dig, North Uist

Loch Paible dig, North Uist

Community evaluation   For some years local residents have been finding and reporting worked bone, pottery and wooden objects eroding out of a peat layer at the mouth of Loch Paible. These stray finds were associated with the possible remains of stone buildings...
Loch Paible Final Week

Loch Paible Final Week

Our third and final week Throughout week 3, the moon was getting bigger – which meant that as each day passed, the sea started to creep up on our trenches. At the beginning of the week, the high tide reached the lowest of our trenches; but by the end of the...
Loch Paible Week 2

Loch Paible Week 2

Digging on a beach certainly isn’t easy! Last week, we battled spring tides, which filled our excavation trenches with water twice a day. However, the pattern of tides changes quickly over a month – and in the second week the reach of the tide was 2 metres lower...

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