Rhynie, Aberdeenshire

Rhynie, Aberdeenshire
The Craw Stane with Tap o'Noth hillfort in the background (Photo courtesy of Cathy MacIver).

Monday, 7 April 2014

Some news from the Beverly Field excavation

We've had some preliminary information back from some of our specialists looking at our finds, environmental remains and our burial remains.

First off, it doesn't look like our very fine glass is distinctive enough to be classified as early medieval - Ewan is not willing to give us the thumbs up on that one.  But our two glass beads seem to still be in with a shot of an Iron Age - Early Med date.

Our environmental samples have been looked at and it seems like we've got quite a bit of hearth waste and not much burning of material in place.  We do have one pit (in the smaller square enclosure) that seems to be quite different, which unlike the others, had a large amount of only one type of charcoal from Scots Pine.  We've got lots of good stuff to provide us with radiocarbon dates, so this is our next step to see if we can't determine a timeline for all the different pits, postholes and possible buildings within our enclosures.

And finally, news on examination of our skeletal remains from the cist! Enough survived to determine that the burial is most likely to be a female.  So we might have found Rhynie Woman!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Current Archaeology April 2014

We did it! Here he is - the Rhynie Man as a cover star for the latest issue of Current Archaeology magazine.

We are really pleased we've been given the cover and inside there is a 7-page spread highlighting our understanding of the site so far and all the different things we have done - including lots of community-related information, too.

So stop by your local newsagent or public library and see for yourself! Out now!

Friday, 7 March 2014

A cover star?

Rumour has it a certain pointy-toothed, mullet-headed, axe-wielding fellow will appear on the cover of Current Archaeology magazine's April 2014 edition! 
Keep your eyes on the magazine racks!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Cist... the movie!

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It's amazing what you can do with a lot of photographs, computer software and an Icelandic gift for technology.  Oskar has worked his magic and created a 3D model of our 2013 cist grave from the Beverly field.  You will need windows media player to look at it -  It is a little blurry if you maximise the screen (not Oskar's technical difficulties, but mine in trying to adapt it for a web format).  But we think it looks pretty cool and we hop you doo, too.  Enjoy!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Fame update... already!

Well, Gordon's been busy on the phone all day after the press release went out.  In addition to Scotland on Sunday:




Now... will the 'southern' press pick it up? The gauntlet is thrown!

Rhynie Fame!

Here we are in Scotland on Sunday!
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/remains-of-pictish-royalty-found-in-aberdeenshire-1-3082965

I wonder where we can get the biggest spread.... we sent them lots of pictures...

Eyes on the press...

Keep your eyes peeled for press releases in local, national and international papers! We'll try to post some links about where we are appearing when we get the news.
Just got a great present through the post - a Rhynie Running Man badge - makes me think I should get my brother to run his next marathon as Rhynie Man rather than Forrest Gump (don't ask....)
Thank you to Aberdeen Art Gallery!!