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On Tuesday 18 July Dr. Ingrid Mainland and colleagues gave a fascinating hands-on Bones & Environmental workshop showing the Swandro site finds, bone washing and sharing examples of the animals and plants that were around when the site was occupied. This included lots of animal bones (even the tiniest of fish bones), a whole skeleton of a sheep and various types of grain. Those that came along now know the difference between original Orkney Bere Barley and the modern type - spoiler alert, the ancient grain was around 4 times longer in length and had different enzymes which could be important in the cultivation of future crops to counteract possible climate changes. Also there was information on how the previous occupiers of the site used seaweed in everyday life in prehistoric and Norse times. Thank you to all who came along and to the team of archaeologists and younger helpers for making the afternoon special.