As regular blog readers will know, the work of the Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust and in particular the excavation at the amazing eroding site of the Knowe of Swandro in Rousay is a cause very close to our tour leader's hearts: Dave is a Trustee and the osteoarchaeologist for the Trust, whilst Caz is the Secretary, Treasurer, publicist, webmaster, fundraiser and general dogsbody.
Today is a very special day for the Trust, as we can reveal that His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay has kindly agreed to become the Patron of the Trust, and you can read all about it on the Trust's blog.
There is a very nice photo of His Royal Highness provided by the Press office, but we can't use it anywhere but on official Trust business, so here instead is Caz doing a happy dance at last year's Swandro excavation:
OK, technically it's not a dance, and what she's actually doing is messing about with no boots on whilst setting out the photo scales for a site photo - that's the wall of one of the Iron Age buildings at Swandro with the sea in the background. You can see why the site is under threat - that's not even a particularly high tide and it's a very calm day.
We can't wait for the new digging season to start at Swandro - it will be boots on the ground with the full team from June 22nd until 10th August, and of course if you're on tour with us during that period you'll be visiting the dig during our day in Rousay. Can't promise you a beautiful sunny day like in the photo but we'll do our best!