Excavating rock art in Strath Tay day 5: Survey and quartz

Today we continue to define the features within the trench. A scatter of rubble appears to be contained within a series of bedrock exposures. One of these outcrops bears a cup mark and others are beginning to look less like the kerb of a cairn.

Above: Ronnie makes a drawn record before we dig down further (Photo: Aaron Watson)


In one area, trowelling has revealed an exposure of quartz which appears to have been worked. This looks quite different from the placed flakes of quartz we have found elsewhere and requires further investigation.


Above: In the foreground is a the quartz feature (Photo: Aaron Watson)


Above: Excavating the quartz feature (Photo: Richard Bradley)


Above: A 3D model of the main trench at the end of the day. Please click on the button to navigate (Photogrammetry: Aaron Watson)


The 2018 excavations in Strath Tay were co-directed by Richard Bradley and Aaron Watson, assisted by Ronnie Scott and Moyra Simon. Many thanks to the landowner and estate staff for their support.