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CAIRO: Tourism and Antiquities Police (TAA) foiled an unprecedented attempt to loot an archaeological site where the would-be thieves dove into the Nile River and began to dig a tunnel underneath the adjacent site of Houd Zelikha, south of Giza, TAA investigation department head Maj. Gen….

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What a magnificent, magnificent man. Long live Brian Blessed! For anyone wanting to see the whole interview, you can watch it here on YouTube.

I always suspected Brian Blessed was awesome.

This man has punched a polar bear in the face and blessed us with The Throwing War.

I NEVER DO

He also boxed with the Dalai Lama

AND HELPED FLASH GORDON DEFEAT MING THE MERCILESS :D

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The Cairns 2014 - Structure B:

Structure B complex partially overlays the top of Structure A which is the broch. Structure B is currently the most modern structure on site but has been change and remodeled over time. The hearth is also the longest yet found on site, and archaeomagnetic dates put the last use of the hearth around the cusp of Viking arrival in Orkney. There has been many small finds in this structure including pottery, stone tools, gaming counter but the most unusual find is undoubtedly ‘Windwick Wullie’. 

The photos above show the excavation of the hearth in Structure B, the sections have attempted to get a good vertical stratigraphy for the feature and hopefully some useful materials for further analysis.

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The Cairns 2014 - Structures F/H:

Structure H seems to at least partially overlay the entrance to Structure F, the souterrain. The souterrain was constructed after the broch was disused and filled in with rubble, but it appears to makes use of the old broch’s entrance passage to form the chamber of this souterrain. 

 

The photos are showing the excavation at various stages. Photo one is about half way through sampling Structure H floor surface which was a patchy clay worn away in certain places. We used ‘checkerboard' sampling.

We left the hearth sections in when we started working on Structure F. Structure F keeps getting more and more exciting but also more surprising. We didn’t expect the rubble on the right of photo 3. Sadly we had to leave it as seen, we’re very excited to get back to it next year and have already made plans.

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The Cairns 2014 - Structure A:

Structure A in the Broch structure (aka Iron Age Atlantic Roundhouse) and is the oldest structure on site so far. It is also by far the largest at 22m in diameter, the walls alone at 5m thick. The thick outer walls contain at least 2 ‘intramural’ chambers and the remains of a staircase indicating that this was a multi-storey building. So far from the investigations of the interior some well-preserved internal fixtures and fittings have been uncovered as well as a series of floor deposits of laid clay and flagstones and a healthy rate of artefact finds.  

The cell shown in photo 3 is the smallest of the 2 known cells (although a third or even fourth is expected) and the space is small enough to only be decorative. In keeping with this decorative use the cell was lined with yellow clay which was then covered with red clay.