Welcome to the Achavanich Beaker Burial Project, also known as the Ava Project.
Our research has focused on the archaeological remains of an individual who’s prehistoric burial was found in Caithness, Scotland, in 1987. This individual, who has become known as Ava (an abbreviation of Achavanich, where she was found), lived and died in Caithness 4,250 years ago. Due to unfortunate circumstances, after the site was discovered and excavated, the site was mostly forgotten for almost 30 years.
When I first came across the site in 2014, I decided two things: first I wanted to find out as much as I could about Ava, and secondly I wanted to tell her story to as many people as I could. With the help of dozens of highly talented, exceptional individuals and the collaboration of multiple institutions we have now managed to both carry out a range of extensive research which has revealed remarkable insights into Ava’s life and death, and to share these results in a variety of creative ways. This research is now published online and is Open Access to anyone and everyone who wishes to read it. Alternatively, you can navigate through this website to find out more about Ava, or check out our blogs to see what else we are up to.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy our work.