Fiskary Bay excavation 2007/8

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Inner Hebrides Archaeological Project – Fiskary Bay
Steven Mithen and Karen Wicks – University of Reading
NM 2116 5494 The site was discovered as a scatter of chipped stone artefacts in inter-tidal mud. Test pitting and a test trench in 2007 showed that the artefacts and associated wood charcoal and fish bone were from raised beach and underlying sand deposits. A total of 1445 chipped stone artefacts have now been recovered, all of which fall into the narrow blade tradition of the Scottish Mesolithic. Of the fish bones excavated in 2007, 164 were identifiable and include wrasse, haddock, flat fish and saithe. Excavation continued 9–17 September 2008, in the 7 x 4m trench opened in 2007.
This work led to the recovery of further chipped stone artefacts, fish bone and wood charcoal, all presumed to be of Mesolithic date. No features have so far been identified.
Archive: Mull Museum, Tobermory (intended)
Funder: University of Reading (Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, 2008, p.36)

See also Mithen, S. J., Wicks, K. and Hill, J., (2007) ‘Fiskary Bay: A Mesolithic fishing camp on Coll.’ Scottish Archaeology News, 55, pp. 14–15.

Photograph shows local archaeologist Jim Hill in 2016 standing beside the old trench

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