Published: Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:55
Archaeology eye-opener at the Braighe
An archaeological discovery at the Braighe could offer a completely new perspective on ancient settlement in Lewis, accoridng to experts. A site uncovered during recent works for Scottish Water – renewing mains water supply to Point – was first thought to be a 3,000 year-old roundhouse. But excavating archaeologist Alastair Rees, of Archas Cultural Heritage, now thinks the site could date back to the middle Bronze age – up to 4,500 years – and could be the site of industrial or manufacturing processes such as leatherwork. Mr Rees also believes there could be further discoveries waiting to be found in future, possibly including an unsuspected settlement between Point and Stornoway. The site was yesterday inspected by Scottish Water’s Chief Executive Douglas Millican, who said he was ‘in awe’ of the diligence and throughness of work carried out over five weeks since the site was discovered. The area’s to be carefully closed up after recording the finds, with more information set to come out after analysis. Scottish Water diverted the new water main to avoid disturbing any future discoveries.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 22nd October 2014
Published: Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:30
Calm after the storm
There’ll be a short-lived calm after the storm today, after the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo yesterday left transport and power disruption in its wake. All ferries were cancelled during the day yesterday, as storm force winds up to a maximum of 63mph in South Uist and 60mph in Stornoway lashed the islands. Several power interruptions in Harris, Back and Carloway were quickly dealt with by SSE, who had brought extra maintenance teams to the islands ahead of the storm. 112 customers between Carloway and Tolsta Chaolais had to be switched off yesterday afternoon while a repair was carried out. CalMac will be re-positioning ferries on some routes, but normal timetables should be re-established during the day.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 22nd October 2014