The following investigations are planned for 2012:
Small targeted excavations while consolidation work is being carried out on the lime kiln, one within the associated store and one within the kiln bowl once the structure has been made safe. Taught skills will include: design and planning of excavation, excavation of a radically different structure from the prehistoric broch, post-excavation report writing, organising of specialist analysis, presentation of results
Building Foundations (site 11) An enigmatic group of building footings (18-19th Century) within a block of forestry presents a good site for plane table survey and archive research. A second phase of investigation may include small targeted excavation to recover information about date and function
Consolidation of the fragile Hebridean Barns structures will be undertaken in 2012, and a building survey will both inform the consolidation, provide a greater understanding of function and chronology and produce information for a wider audience concerned with historic buildings.
The Model Farm comprises a complex group of buildings of historic interest but with an uncertain future, some elements of which are already being altered without any initial record being taken. Work could entail carrying out archive and historical research
Recording the shieling sites on the Applecross peninsula. This will tie in with North of Scotland Archaeological Society’s own shielings project and will probably consist of using their pro-forma for recording. Skills will include study of maps and archive sources such as OS name books to locate shieling sites, field walking, photographic recording and accession to HER.
A major event investigating Iron Age iron smelting techniques using charcoal.