7.5 Craft and Industry

There is a wealth of evidence from Highland sites on Iron Age craft production. The high-status settlement at Culduthel in particular had evidence for a range of activities, including iron smelting, blacksmithing, bronze casting, glass working and woodworking, which not only preserved evidence of the craftworking but also the physical layout of workshop, yards and paths (Hatherley and Murray 2021; Case Study Culduthel Iron Age Craftworking Site). From High Pasture Cave on Skye, artefactual evidence represents a wide range of craft activity including hide processing, metalworking, weaving and textile production as well as the manufacture of objects in bone, antler, cannel coal/shale and steatite, though it is not clear if the activity took place at the High Pasture Cave complex (Birch et al forthcoming; Case Study High Pasture Cave). 

National ScARF presents a useful overview of the raw materials available in Iron Age Scotland (ScARF Iron Age section 4.4). The general context of Scottish Iron Age craft production, including methodological problems has been outlined in Hunter (2015). Evidence from Culduthel suggests that different craft production took place in the same workshop (Hatherley and Murray 2021).

7.5.1 Inorganic materials

7.5.2 Organic materials