Arriving back at the A.T.S laboratory a closer examination began with a significant help from Portfolio Students studying at An Talla Solais . The largest stone appears to hold a cross section of all the objects we are likely to find on nearby beaches.
Tobacco pouch, plastic bag, rope, cotton wool bud sticks. …..
The initial job of cataloging this weeks finds of our ‘ future fossils’ is now underway with samples being subject to identification, to ascertain its possible origin followed by magnification, to establish the category of material such as polypropylene or polyethylene which helps to determine the timeline of the object.
Specimens which cannot be identified are being boxed up and sent to the expedition consultant Professor Cowie at the Millport for further analysis. It is hoped that the full picture of what we have discovered this week will be revealed in the spring. Until then an initial display of the finds made along the coast over the past week can be seen at the Macphail Centre in Ullapool.