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25 July 2021
Dig 2021: #7 Thoughts so far

Dig 2021: #7 Thoughts so far

Hello readers of our Blog.Today was not a digging day. For me it was a day of reflection as I [...]

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24 July 2021
Dig 2021: #6 Through the midden

Dig 2021: #6 Through the midden

This is our trench opening at the East wall of the West Pavilion. We are doing this to discover the [...]

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23 July 2021
Dig 2021: #5 More recording

Dig 2021: #5 More recording

Sue Dyke and Duncan McNeish drawing the West facing elevation of the step well to the Hall of ClestrainThe drawing [...]

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22 July 2021
Dig 2021: #4 Going deeper

Dig 2021: #4 Going deeper

Remember this? That lovely, well preserved turf line, where sheep may safely graze??? ….. Sorry, It was a huge piece [...]

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21 July 2021
Dig 2021: #3 Surveying

Dig 2021: #3 Surveying

Our borrowed Theodolite from Neil Kermode. John Rae would have thoroughly approved of this marvelous piece of surveying equipment!Here we [...]

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19 July 2021
Dig 2021: #2 Breaking the soil

Dig 2021: #2 Breaking the soil

Photo by volunteer, Duncan McNeish.Today was a great start. After very detailed and fascinating induction, we were set to excavate.Our [...]

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18 July 2021
Dig 2021: #1 Preparations

Dig 2021: #1 Preparations

The day before the dig. Chris Andrews of Orkney Craft Vinegar pictured here strimming in advance of the excavations, which [...]

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28 June 2021
Generous donation of Books

Generous donation of Books

Mr John Ramwell, life member of The John Rae Society, has donated his entire collection of polar exploration books. This [...]

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19 October 2020
Archaeology 11: Final round up - for now!

Archaeology 11: Final round up - for now!

During lockdown, my wife, Sigrid and I decided to start the revamp of the wonderful cabin lent to JRS by [...]

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