Building QThis ruin is known as Building Q. It was recently excavated, and from this we know its outside wall formed part of the West Township Dyke, a low boundary wall that divided the East and West Township. The building had three walls and an earth floor. It was open on its north side. Because of this, we think it was a cart shed, or used for storing peat.
Later, it might have become a rubbish dump (or midden). Middens leave us plenty of evidence for how people lived at Auchindrain. During excavations, we’ve found lots of fragments of cream and jam jars, thick brown beer bottles, farming equipment, nails, and pieces of leather tackety boots.
From these excavated fragments, we can start to reconstruct some aspects of the domestic life of the McIntyres, and the Munro family who lived here before them. These families weren’t rich. However, their crockery would have been prized, even if it was cheap.
The pottery fragments we have found range from cheap, crudely-decorated spongeware to thin ceramic teacups with gold rims. All the spongeware fragments were curved, suggesting they came from bowls. As spongeware was for everyday use, this could mean that the families often ate broths or stews. The finer pottery fragments were probably part of a tea set.
Pottery and china was sold by Tinkers (Travelling people) visiting door to door, or bought when people went into town for events like cattle markets. The designs on pottery from different excavation sites at Auchindrain are similar to those found here. This suggests that the families at Auchindrain bought crockery from the same shops or travelling traders.
Only the lower parts of the walls of this building remained. They were in a very poor condition and had mostly collapsed. We’ve cleared the site ready for the walls to be rebuilt, with the piles of stone waiting ready for this.