Fo fòid na tìme’ – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. It is the first excavation in Staffin for 20 years. The community-centred project, which involves an excavation trench, test pits and geophysics, runs from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The Staffin Trust views the dig it as an important project, both culturally and economically, for the district. The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who lived off the wild resources of the land and sea. The Trust would like to thank the Garafad township and Kilmuir Estate for their permission to hold the excavation. Below are several images and a summary of the third day’s work, written by UHI’s Dan Lee.
“Excavations continued at the Staffin Bay site with the fourth day of sunshine! The structure wall was cleaned, photographed and planning started. Numerous flints have been found throughout the topsoil and upper stony layer. A section was established inside the structure to sample the internal deposits which are starting to look promising. The rear of the wall was defined to the north and a rough wall face can be seen. Rubble collapse in this area seals a buried soil horizon. The date of the structure remains unclear and still no finds, apart from flint have been recovered. Pupils from Killmuir Primary School visited today and helped with more test pits and geophysics. They all found lots of flints confirming evidence of Mesolithic activity across the area to the south of the structure.”