Ness donors – thank you all

Since we sent out last month’s newsletter (if you have not signed up yet, click here) we’ve had a number of generous donations to the Ness excavation funds. To respect the privacy of donors we will obviously not be naming anyone but would like to take this opportunity to thank …

Turning a petrosphere…

Long-time supporters of the Ness  Michael and Sara Sinclair have posted a video showing the creation of one of their wooden petropsheres. The auction of one of Michael’s stunning brass petrospheres raised £625 for excavation funds earlier this year. Much of Michael’s inspiration is derived from Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage, with …

Orkney – The Queen’s Isles

(Since posting this, we’ve learned it is not available to viewers outside Europe. Sorry to our non-European followers) A beautiful documentary on Orkney, from ARTE. The film-makers visited the Ness at the start of last year’s dig season to record a segment.  The Ness bit begins around 16.21, but take …

Dig director bound for China

Ness of Brodgar site director Nick Card is bound for China next week, to take part in a workshop on heritage management. Nick will travel to Xi’an for the event as an invited guest of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Hailed the birthplace of Chinese …

Congratulations Dr Johnson…

All the team at the Ness would like to send our congratulations to our resident geologist, who has been awarded her PhD. Dr Martha Johnson has worked at the Ness for several years now and her thesis was entitled Rock matters: A geological basis for understanding the rock at the …