Location: Swartigill, Thrumster near Wick, Caithness
Dates: 19th August-6th September
Cost: Free
Age: Children under 12 accompanied by an adult welcome.
Training / Experience: No experience required
Accommodation: None provided
Organization: Yarrows Heritage Trust
Name: Islay MacLeod
Address: Thrumster House, Thrumster, Caithness KW1 5TX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01955 651387


The Swartigill Iron Age Project

The site in its landscape.

Swartigill lies within the famous Yarrows landscape in Caithness, a small area of incredible richness of prehistoric remains. in the far north of Scotland.  Our site was indicated in 2004 by some stonework eroding out of the bank of the Swartigill burn which rises from Oliclett, an extensive Mesolithic occupation site discovered 3 years previously.  Swartigill was at first thought to be a mill, serving two post-medieval farmsteads occupying the banks on each side of the floodplain of Swartigill. Yarrows Trust members cleaned back the areas damaged by the burn, and began to find large quantities of Early Iron Age pottery.  

Everything was covered  up and Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) was brought in to survey the floodplain.  

Like Topsy, Swartigill grew and grew, and we intend it should grow some more during our dig this year, funding permitting.  Volunteers are always welcome, with oe without experience.

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