The University of Aberdeen’s Museum Collection holds eleven artefacts that have come from in or around Loch Kinord, Aberdeenshire. I have had a fantastic opportunity to work with these objects over the past few weeks, and I will be modelling them in 3D using photogrammetry. I am still working on the 3D models, but hope to have some of them finished soon. In the mean time, here are some of the artefacts.
This piece of wood is a fragment of what was a 9m long logboat. The logboat was discovered in Loch Kinord during a drought and was brought out of the water and was taken to the nearby Aboyne Castle. There it fell apart, and this small piece is all that remains. I am hoping to radiocarbon date this small artefact, and there is no telling from what period it dates. The collection reference number is ABDUA:36839.
One of the more amazing objects that the University of Aberdeen’s Museum Collection holds is this bronze spear head. The spearhead has broken into three parts, and part of its oak shaft still survives. The date of this object is also somewhat uncertain, but is likely to be Bronze Age. Collection reference number ABDUA:19672.
From very near to Loch Kinord, these bronze pins were discovered. They are in a Hiberno Norse style and probably date to the 9th century AD. Their presence at Loch Kinord might indicate wider trade connections between people living there and Ireland or Scandinavia. Collection reference number ABDUA:15550 and ABDUA:15551.
Finally, there is this carved wooden paddle. This paddle has already been radiocarbon dated to the 11th or possibly 12th century AD. The paddle is a reminder of the restricted access of living on an insular island dwelling, such as those at Loch Kinord. In order to access the island, not only do you need a water craft, but also the other accoutrements – paddles, oars or poles. Collection reference ABDUA:16817.
Very soon I hope to have these objects, and the others, fully modelled. I also have plans to return to Loch Kinord to do some more survey work that will hopefully add further contextual information about the amazing archaeological landscape from which these objects came.