Bowl found on Orkney dates from Iron Age
ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE unearthed a 2,000-year-old wooden bowl from an underground chamber on Orkney.
The discovery was made last week by a team from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The ancient vessel made from alder was found beneath The Cairns Broch on South Ronaldsay. Archaeologists say it provides a valuable insight into life in an Iron Age broch, or round tower, in northern Scotland.
The bowl has been dated from its location in the chamber, which was sealed when the broch went out of use and was abandoned sometime between the later 1st and mid-2nd century AD.
It is assumed the bowl dates from this period; however, radiocarbon dating will be carried out. Site director Martin Carruthers, lecturer in Archaeology at UHI Archaeology Institute, said: “It’s miraculous that we’ve got this wooden vessel.
“It’s really quite unprecedented preservation for a northern broch, and I still can’t believe it has turned up at The Cairns. In appearance, the bowl is similar in shape to certain of the pottery vessels of the period, and in particular it looks like the sort of vessel we suspect to have been used for serving food or drink. Its round base makes you think that it would have been required to be constantly held when full, and perhaps used socially.”