Research

Excavation dec 2023

December might seem an odd time to commence an archaeological excavation! I must admit, I had my reservations. However, all went  V E R Y  ...

The Edrington Trust gang

Again, The John Rae Society is SO grateful to The Edrington Trust for assigning Highland Park Distillery staff to do such valuable work for us...

The Team

Hello everyone, I am so happy to say that today was such a success for The John Rae Society. We asked The Edrington Trust, which...

Prepare to lift the slab

Orkney News, a loyal supporter of what we are doing at the Hall of Clestrain came down just before our first Open Day in 2021...

Hall of Clestrain

Hello all, Clestrain on a bonnie day. During the dig we had fog over Scapa Flow and no sight of Hoy at all! Thanks to...

North Steps

Our view of Hoy from The Hall of Clestrain. Just a little clearer, but it soon fogged in again. Here we have cleared the North...

steps appear

Patience hath brought this better day, but the Hoy View is no clearer! Even the cows have given up!Do read below. Here is Sue doing...

Threshold

Hello each and all, The news starts with our resplendent view of Hoy, yet again! Maybe the coos have hindsight? Our slot outside the West...

Excavating the drain

Today’s view to Hoy! Now on with the dig…. Here we have cleaned down to a firm layer of compacted glacial clay. You can see...

Hoy in the mist

The damp day dawned to this view of Hoy from John Rae’s family home. With the rain, our trench by the North entrance to The...

Finds Box

Hello readers of our Blog. Today was not a digging day. For me it was a day of reflection as I toiled in my pottery...

Andrew and Krafse

This is our trench opening at the East wall of the West Pavilion. We are doing this to discover the stratification here and the depth...