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Official launch of the reconstruction and replica sites

Lerwick was the sunniest place in Britain in August 2008, and the weather on Saturday 23rd was beautiful. Each new ferry from Lerwick brought more visitors to the site.

Visitors enjoying the sunshine

At the replica tank

The site was officially launched by Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Tavish Scott MSP addressing the crowd

He used a replica Bronze Age stone knife to cut the rope woven from reeds

Tavish Scott cuts the rope and officially opens the site

 

The official site launch was accompanied by a range of activities. Stones were heated in the replica hearth and plunged into the tank..

Living History team Keith Prosser and Tony Sherrat working at the experimental tank

Checking the temperature of the water - this was early in the day, before it had heated too much!!

And within the tent, music was provided by a local fiddle player

Music in the tent

Classes in making ‘simmons’, or rope made from reeds, were held.

Visitors making 'simmons', or reed rope

...while others tried their hand at spinning or making stone tools

Ancient technology sessions

Spinning with wool washed in the stone tank

Stone tools

During previous open days, local potter Barbara Dinnage had given pottery classes. Some of the pots were fired in an ancient-style kiln. Built of low turf walls, the kiln used peat as a fuel. Barbara had spent the previous night on the site, tending the kiln and adding more peat. However, her efforts were worth it and when she opened the kiln, most of the pots had fired.

Barbara removing pots from the turf kiln

Now that the site now officially open, keep checking back to find out when future activities are planned.

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