Large piece of pottery from Dùn nan Nighean midden chute, Balephuil. Collected by John Wombell during a North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) field trip in June 2017.
Piece of patterned vaul-ware pottery from the inner west wall of Dùn Mòr Vaul (NM 04225 49270), collected by John Wombell during a North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) field trip in June 2017.
Small round wall-clock from either Skerryvore Lighthouse or the Scarinish Light, which came into the possession of Donald Brown’s uncle in Vaul.
Chanter belonging to Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Tiree and Glasgow (b. 1890), who was a great piper and writer of bagpipe tunes, and who had a pipe tune named after him. The chanter was presented to An Iodhlann by his eldest grandson on behalf of Lachlan’s three daughters Isabel, Cath and Margaret, who spent the holidays in Tiree in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Iron cruisgean from Sliabh Cottage, Cornaigbeg.
An iron ‘crusie’ lamp that was used to burn fish oil and once belonged to Mrs Mary Campbell, grandmother of the donor. Notes accompanying the cruisgean tell that it came into the possession of the donor in 1996 and was initially offered to the Thatched House Museum in Sandaig. There it was photographed and returned to the donor with some notes suggesting that it was “an early 18th century iron hanging cruise lamp presented by the late Viscountess Gort”, and that “a cruse is a clay container which could be transformed into a lamp by being filled with oil and equipped with a simple wick – a rag would suffice, but a rush was more efficient and minimised the smoke.”
Twelve assorted pottery sherds, an animal tooth, and a possible microlith, found at NL943410 in sand exposures high on the eastern flank of Beinn Ceann a Mhara.
Three small flint flakes found at NM 023483 on the patch from Balephetrish to the Ringing Stone: (1) near a small clearance cairn amidst broad rig cultivation – secondary flake 24 x 12 x 2mm, slight edge damage/wear on one side, possible adaptation by flake removal to make a burin, (2) in a sheep scrape in same general area but nearer the beach 28 x 13 x 10 mm, secondary flake, edge wear, also possible adaptation as a burin, (3) small flint chip – spall.
Empty wooden box belonging to archaeologist George Holleyman FSA, in which were stored 50 glass lantern-slides of Tiree artefacts, people and places, photographed by him during WWII (now stored in archival boxes 2017.54.1 to 2017.54.3).
Six pottery sherds and a fish vertebra, thought to be Iron Age, dug from a midden in a sand dune near Kilkenneth Chapel in April 2017. See accompanying report with photographs: 2017.49.2