Island © J Hooper
pottery fragments from the Shiant Islands in the Outer
Hebrides of Scotland
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.