Lismore Nave Dig 15-22 July 2017

The 2017 Nave Dig, led again by Clare Ellis of Argyll Archaeology, will take place from 15th to 22nd July.  The aim of the dig is to expose more of the walls of the nave, to establish the state of the masonry and to take mortar samples to determine its age.  Dr Ellis will be paying particular attention to the supposed west tower, and to the entrance to the nave. The ultimate aim of the project, if the masonry is sufficiently sound, is to present the exposed outline of the nave for public access, with interpretation.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the dig should register with Bob Hay at

Clare and her team can supervise up to 20 volunteers each day.  Because each volunteer will receive training, it would be helpful if there could be a commitment to several days’ work.   Volunteers will need waterproofs, gloves and “stout” footwear.   All other equipment will be provided.  You may get very dirty.  Hot drinks and toilet facilities will be available through the generosity of Iain and Carilon Barclay, and it is intended to provide a “gazebo” for shelter and lunch, as in 2016.

As the Lismore Agricultural Show is on 15th July, it is expected that most of that day will be taken up with preparations for later in the week.

During the week, volunteers from the mainland will be met at Point or Achnacroish Ferries.  Anyone intending to stay on the island during the dig should arrange accommodation soon – please make contact for advice.