Although several of the 20-strong field team had extensive prior experience of excavating Mesolithic sites in the Hebrides, only Steven Mithen and his family had previously worked on Islay and knew the island. The team stayed in the Craigard apartments and Robolls Croft Cottage, Ballygrant. Although we were a little squashed, especially at meal times, this provided excellent accommodation with plenty of outdoor storage space for our equipment and room to process our finds. After a few wet days at the start of the excavation, the weather was simply fantastic - dry, warm and brilliantly sunny that made tea-break on site simply idyllic. The weather even tempted many of the team into the sea, which wasn't quite so warm!. The days-off and evenings were spent exploring Islay, including bird-watching, pony-trekking, distillery tours and enjoying the Gaelic folk music in the Port Charlotte Hotel.
We found that wherever we went on Islay, people had heard about the excavation and were keen to learn what we had found. Several groups appeared at the site for a tour of the excavation and as the field season came to its close, it was a particular pleasure to provide a presentation about our finds in the Dunlossit Estate Office.