The Ballad of Dunyvaig

The Ballad of Dunyvaig

Sarah Lambert-Gates is an archaeologist who has working with Islay Heritage and the University of Reading at the excavations of Dunyvaig and Rubha Port an t-Seilich since 2017. She is well known not only for her excavation and digital recording skills, but also for...
Dun Fhinn – the oldest known dun in Argyll

Dun Fhinn – the oldest known dun in Argyll

There are over 50 duns on Islay – circular stone built structures often located on the tops of crags or coastal promontories. These were built during the Iron Age, probably in a response to climate change and population pressure. Whether they were all constructed at...
Fox and Geese on Islay

Fox and Geese on Islay

There are no foxes but plenty of geese on Islay today. But both were present in the 16th period as pieces in medieval board game known as ‘fox and geese’. The 2021 excavations at Dunyvaig Castle discovered large slabs of slate engraved with criss-cross diagonal lines...
A Visit to Texa Chapel

A Visit to Texa Chapel

During the summer, Professor Steven Mithen and Sarah Lambert-Gates travelled to briefly survey the ruins of a chapel found on the Isle of Texa.  The chapel is dated to the Medieval period and was dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. Some 16th century records show...