Welcome to the Achavanich Beaker Burial Project!

In 1987 the remains of an individual who lived and died around 4,200 years ago was discovered at Achavanich in Caithness in the north of Scotland. The site was rescued and excavated by the Highland Regional Council Archaeology Unit,  but unfortunate circumstances led to the site being mostly forgotten about over the next three decades. However, the discovery still offered great potential to discover information about the Early Bronze Age (or Chalcolithic) in Northern Scotland.

I had one objective when I discovered the archive for this site: to maximise our understanding and, over the last three years, I have been trying to make this happen through my own research, numerous collaborations and with the help of specialists across the globe.

All of our news and progress will be posted to this website, so please check back regularly. I welcome all feedback, comments or input.

Thanks for visiting,

Maya Hoole
(Project Manager)

 Project contributors and supporters:

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Bem-Vindo ao Projeto da Sepultura de Achavanich Beaker!i
Em 1987, os restos osteológicos de um indivíduo sepultado há mais de 3700 anos foram descoberto em Achavanich, Caithness, no Norte da Escócia. O sítio arqueológico foi então alvo de intervenção arqueológica pela Unidade de Arqueologia do Concelho Regional de Highland, porém, devido a circunstâncias infelizes, o arqueossítio foi largamente esquecido nas três décadas seguintes. Hoje, vários anos mais tarde, sabemos que este sítio arqueológico é uma rica fonte de informação, pois muito tem ainda para nos ensinar sobre a Idade do Bronze Médio no Norte da Escócia.

Quando dei início a este projeto de investigação tinha somente um único objetivo: alterar a nossa compreensão deste arqueossítio, tanto que, ao longo deste último ano tenho trabalhado em função desse mesmo propósito. Assim, certifique-se de que confere todos os separadores e conteúdos existentes nesta pagina web para aprender mais sobre a Sepultura de Achavanich Beaker.
Todas as novidades e futuros desenvolvimentos serão publicados nesta página web, logo, não se esqueça de a verificar regularmente. Agradeço todos os pareceres, críticas ou comentários.
Obrigada pela sua visita,
Maya Hoole
(Diretora do Projeto)

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Agradeço à Patrícia Azevedo Costa pela tradução do artigo para Português.




¡Bienvenidos al Achavanich Beaker Burial Project… en español!

Como muchos habéis expresado que no podéis seguir las publicaciones del blog porque todo está en inglés, a partir de ahora vamos a ir subiendo algunos de los posts más populares en español para que ahora podáis entender el proyecto mejor.


En 1987 se encontraron los restos de una inhumación individual hace más de 3.700 años en Achavanich (Caithness, norte de Escocia). La Highland Regional Council Archaeology Unit se encargó de rescatar y excavar este yacimiento, pero por desgracia y circunstancias desafortunadas, el yacimiento se mantuvo olvidado durante las siguientes tres décadas. Pero aún tenía mucho que ofrecernos, ¡y tanto que enseñarnos de la Edad del Bronce Media en el Norte de Escocia…!

El objetivo de Maya Hoole (la directora del proyecto) cuando empezó era cambiar la manera de entender este yacimiento, y des del año pasado ha estado intentado hacer esto realidad.

Todos los comentarios, sugerencias o aportaciones que queráis hacer son bienvenidos.

¡Gracias por visitarnos!

Contribuidores al proyecto y soporte:

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Gracias a Núria Martínez Jiménez para la traducción del artículo al Español.



9 Comments Add yours

  1. BJ Marlow says:

    Please use a darker color on the font, I can barely read the light grey color. Thank you.
    BJ Marlow


    1. mayahoole says:

      Hello BJ Marlow,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Is it just the text on this page or is it all pages that are hard to read?


      1. Myselfo says:

        The font in the entire website is #777777 and he/she is asking to make it darker, like #000000, for instance. No need to ask if in this page or in the rest, because in the entire website you use the same one.


      2. mayahoole says:

        Thanks Myselfo, I was more meaning if any of the text in the graphics (ie logo) were problematic.


    2. mayahoole says:

      Hello BJ Marlow,
      It is long overdue but I’ve made my number one new years resolution to be the redevelopment of the website to make it easier to read. I’d be very grateful if you could let me know if this redesign works better for you.
      Happy New Year,
      All the best,


  2. Virginia Gaines says:

    Very much agree–as an old person with ‘low vision’ I was very disappointed to see how pale the color of the text is. I don’t know any technical terms for this, just that as others have said it is very hard to read. I learned about Achavanich this summer for the first time from a car rental gentleman! Had just been to Orkney with my husband and we saw the Ness of Brodgar there. Then we were going on to the Hill o’Many Stanes when the car rental gentleman, Alistair, in Thurso told us about Achavanich and marked it on the map. Always prepared for people to think we’re crazy because we go to all these ancient places, we assumed he thought so too. However he was delighted that we actually went there and told him how much we had loved seeing it, and now I can’t wait for another Scotland trip to go back again. And now to have found all this information just takes my breath away. Thank you so much for supplying it. Make that font darker! Please!!!

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    1. mayahoole says:

      Hello Virgina, thanks for your comment. I’ve redeveloped the website and hope that now it is much easier to navigate and the text easier to read.
      I would love to know which car rental company you visited so that I can thank Alistair and send him information he can give to people like yourself who might be interested.
      All the best, Maya


  3. Vince says:

    Just heard you on the British History Podcast and wanted to say I think you’ve done amazing work on this and are a great communicator. My daughter loved hearing about this story as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mayahoole says:

      Thank you very much Vince, it’s lovely to hear from people who have listened to the podcast. I’m delighted to hear you both enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to drop me a message, it’s so rewarding getting these messages!


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