Shiant Island © J Hooper
Shiant Island © J Hooper

 

Some interesting pottery fragments from the Shiant Islands in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland

The Shiant Islands Project (SHIP) has been proceeding annually since 2000, and its reports can be found on www.shiantisles.net. The Shiants are composed of three uninhabited islands off the east coast of Lewis set amid the often dangerous waters of the Minch. The project began with a comprehensive archaeological survey of the islands, the first ever attempted, and a limited excavation within the shell of a ruined 19th century blackhouse. These activities formed the main historic/archaeological content of the book “Sea Room” by the islands journalist owner, Adam Nicolson.

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