Image of Tarbat Sculpture.Data Structure Report, 2004

Excavation Season Summary

In accordance with the UPD, the 2003 excavation season continued excavation of Sector 2 (north) within a selected area measuring 16.0m x 8.0m being four modules aligned east-west across the Sector at this point (Modules B4, B5, B6 and B7). From previous evaluation and excavation, it was known that these modules contained the remains of a stone-built road, to either side of which were two craft-working areas; one engaged in leather- and wood-working, the other engaged in metal- and glass-working. These remains lie directly beneath the destruction layer characterised by scorched sand, burnt organic building materials, notably oak timbers and turf, and smashed Pictish sculpture. It is possible that the destruction horizon marks the end of the monastic settlement and the phase directly beneath it represents the latest monastic phase, thought to be 8th to 10th century. The 2003 season aimed to further the excavation of the latest monastic phase, which is now nearing completion, and to assess the character of earlier phases. Significant advances were made during 2003, in the understanding of the layout of the settlement during this phase, and also in the understanding and interpretation of individual features as well as complexes of features.

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M O H Carver (ed) 2004 Data Structure Report


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