Bronze Age house excavation at Balbithan
21/08/11 16:58 Filed in: News
A team from Headland Archaeology is currently excavating a Bronze Age house in Balbithan Forest, near Kintore and visitors are welcome.
The trench across the site has revealed the walls of the hut, which was probably two storey, with a floor under the thatched roof. In the centre of the floor the team has found a hearth. Like the traditional Highland black houses, this fire would have been used for cooking and heating and the smoke would have simply permeated through the thatch, rather than having a chimney,
During our visit to the site there was some excitement as the team found a worked piece of worked flint.
Working on the site are volunteers from Europe and the United States. The dig will continue until this Thursday (August 25) from 10 am to 4 pm and visitors are welcome.
There are a number of hut circles already marked on the Ordnance Survey map of the forest. Also, nearby, on Kintore Golf Course, is a Bronze Age burial Cairn.
The Bronze Age in Britain spend from about 2,500 to 800 BC.
- To get to the site head up Balbithan past Kintore Golf Club. At the junction turn right along the Lang Stracht. Park at the first forest entrance on the right. Walk a short distance in and you will see the team working on the right hand side of the forest road.