Bringing the Early Iron Age to Life

Stormy weather

Today dawned dark and blustery. With the equinox having passed, the winds are picking up and have a decided chill to them. I’m glad we got all the weathering tken care of during the last part of the summer – after the harvests were in. At least the winds that howl, will not be howling inside our home. And I know that the animals will be safe from the storm… even though the sheep don’t like to come into the byre. At least our cow is sensible. The pigs though, they love their shelter and sometimes, getting them to get out into the yard is a challenge.

Research: It took some digging, and a bit of Google-fu, but I did finally find what the breed of pig is most likely to have been raised by my persona.The breed is called “Grice” which apparently means “young pig”. They were native to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and in Ireland. It became extinct, surviving longest in the Shetland Isles, where it disappeared in the late nineteenth century and were also known as the Highland, Hebridean or Irish pig.* In 2006, Shetland Museum & Archives (where the pig lasted the longest, going extinct in the 19th century) had put on display a “recreated” Grice – based on the body of a young wild boar. There was an interesting article posted on the BBC website.

*Yes, I actually had to use Wikipedia as a jump point for finding out about this particular pig… basically, because there is so little known (at this point in time). If/when new information becomes available, I will update my information.

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