The 2012 winter storm surge has been a boon for archaeologists working near Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands. The storms washed away part of the shore, revealing what may be part of the 13th century town.
Experts hope that finds at the site, so far including fragments of pottery and animal bones, will lead to greater discoveries. "There were lots of middens with fish bone and animal bone. Very soon it was apparent that we were right on the edge of the core of the medieval burgh," said Steven Birth, the archaeological dig's site director.