Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I was out and about again this morning with Dan, our regional archaeologist and some of our volunteers. Storm Doris made it impossible for us to continue with our topographical survey of Nunnery Point, so we went down to the Boat House at the Mire Loch and surveyed that instead. Today we were working on a hand drawn plan of the building as well as using the electronic theodolite. It was beautiful down there, blue sky, sun and we were pretty sheltered from the wind in the woods there. Here's some photos to give you the gist. Liza.

Dan explains to Bill the finer details of how to do a hand drawn plan of the building.

Painstaking work, Bill is a retired engineer, so he's used to working to such a level of detail.

Ernie and Margaret using the theodolite - a serious business it seems.

Well maybe not serious all the time!

All though this picture looks posed, it wasn't, I just managed to catch everyone in action in one shot! Left to right - Ernie, Margaret, Dan, Bill, Ed and Jean.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Another morning out on the reserve with our Regional Archaeologist, Dan, and our local volunteers.  This week, half of the team were carrying on the work at Nunnery Point, taking the measurements required for producing a topographical map of the headland and its archaeological features of interest.  The other half were using the tablet based system for monitoring the condition of all of our archaeological sites on the reserve - there's a lot of them about, so it takes a while!  We were supremely lucky with the weather again, and it was great to hear the fulmars cackling on the cliffs and guillemots gurgling calls from the sea.  That's what you call a grand day out! Liza.

Margaret, Bill and Dan carrying out a topographical survey of Nunnery Point.

Ed takes Ernie, Jack, Margaret and Bill through how to use the tablet based archaeological condition monitoring system, whilst Lizy gives advice from the sidelines!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

We've had a fantastic day out on the head this morning with our volunteers and National Trust for Scotland archaeologist Daniel Rhodes. We were mainly investigating the mystery building at the end of Nunnery point (see picture with kite). Using a special kite and camera kit we took some aerial photos of the site, and also mapped the outline of the building using a laser range finder. It was a very fun and interesting day so we're looking forwards to our next archaeology session in a couple of weeks' time.  Lizy

Jack flies a kite over the site of the mystery building on Nunnery point
Daniel shows Ernie, Margaret and Jean how to use the laser range finder...

...while Jack provides a target for them to mark the corner of the building