Addyman Archaeology team which is excavating the castle.
On a chillingly cold day, with frequent hailstorms, Andrew's job was to dig a trench in the bottom of the moat which runs along the north wall of the castle. The trench is designed to answer several questions: how deep was the moat, was it a dry moat - which has been assumed up until now - or did it contain water, and....
Because this castle is so well preserved, and because it really hasn't been explored up until now, this is the sort of thrilling discovery that is going to become commonplace as the project develops. The sense of excitement among the archaeologists working on the site is palpable.
Tomorrow they start to excavate the well/cistern. I'll be there to see it.
The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.