Thursday, 6 June 2013

Day 4: Thursday 6th June & VOLUNTEER Info

It was another lovely warm day working at Prehen.

In Trench 1 excavation continued with assistance from our volunteers, Caroline, Paddy and Gayle. More topsoil was excavated in order to further expose the flanker and associated layers of tumble. A photographic record of the trench at this stage has been made and a detailed scale plan of the trench has been started. This will be finished in the morning and context descriptions recorded, then excavation to the next stratigraphic level can commence.

In Trench 2 the morning was spent recording the uncovered section of wall and the associated tumble. Stuart and Gregory drew a scale plan of the trench carefully plotting all of the stones. After this was finished much of the afternoon was spent removing the tumbled stones and filling out context record sheets.

Hopefully the weather keeps up tomorrow.

If anyone is interested in getting involved in the excavation, contact Northwest Volunteers on 02871271017 or email them at

Visitors are also very welcome and one of our crew will be happy to give you a tour. We are having an open day tomorrow afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.

Trench 1 by the end of the day                                         

Planning Trench 2
Finished Plan of Trench 2


  1. Excellent stuff- really interesting and fantastic Archaeology. And not to mention the weather. Hopefully I'll get up to see ye next week, and might even bring some guests!!!

  2. lo dude, do ya need any metal detectors on the site? were up for landing out if its ok :)

    1. You are welcome to visit the excavation but we did not apply for permission to use a metal detector on site so just your good selves - no metal detecting kit. Cheers.

  3. gregory maguire8 June 2013 at 12:22

    nice to be active in this as its a very interesting dig with some valuable information to be interjected into the local history ,an also a very well run dig [an the cracks mighty]

  4. Rene Balthasar15 June 2013 at 02:35

    It looks really fantastic. I'll be there next week, really looking forward to it.