Picture shows Swordle Bay from the southeast, with the area of the dig in the centre.
1. The Bronze Age burial cist under Ricky's Cairn;
2. The Neolithic tomb of Cladh Andreis;
3. The 'tail' of Cladh Andreis, a mound of rocks some 60m long; and
4. A small Bronze Age cist cut into the side of the 'tail'.
here, Professor John Robb of Cambridge University removed human bones from the cist under Ricky's Cairn, but they came from at least two bodies, not one as reported. While these have gone away for detailed analysis, ATP's Paul Murtagh has been carefully removing the stones that formed the cist - they're behind him to the left - and has found more bone material along with a beautiful Bronze Age jet bead, probably from Whitby, the fourth to come from this site.
The scale of the structure is impressive. Bearing in mind that this is a good millennium older than Egypt's pyramids, it's an immense undertaking, and indicates that the people who constructed it were both socially advanced and highly organised.
A great deal more remains to be done, but the ATP team is going home with the knowledge that they have revealed much more about a fascinating and hitherto unknown period of west coast Scotland's ancient history.
The ATP website is here.