Jess McCullough was one of the leaders at this year's Ardnamurchan Transitions Project dig at Swordle, but he kindly gave the Ardnamurchan History & Heritage Association some hours of his valuable time before he left. Jess is an expert on Norse settlement, and we wanted to try him on one or two of the local sites which we've been investigating.
Jess has been at the University of Wisconsin, and completed his PhD at Leicester. He has travelled recently to western Greenland to look at Norse sites there and is taking up a post at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he will be teaching Mediaeval European history.
So the Viking boat burial found by the ATP at Swordle remains the only Viking site so far identified but we feel we're edging ever closer to finding something else from the hundreds of years of Norse invasion and then integration on this coast.