Planning work under way on site. (Adam Stanford)

Any donations, large or small, are welcome.

As Scotland’s premier Neolithic site, the excavation and post-excavation work at the Ness of Brodgar is primarily funded through donations by individuals and groups.

Raising funds for the excavation is an ongoing process and we are very grateful to all our supporters – whether by in-kind or financial support.

The length of the Ness of Brodgar excavation season is not controlled by the Orcadian weather, personnel limitations, site access or any other physical constraint — it is simply a function of available funding.

Relying on a cadre of international volunteers with a wide range of archaeological skills and experience, the site has been excavated each summer since 2007 because the Ness of Brodgar is unique and one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made.

The ongoing excavations reveal information about our distant past that can only be found here, an opportunity for knowledge which is priceless for ourselves and for future generations.

Excavation on this scale is expensive.

Despite the involvement of many volunteers and students from around the world and in-kind support, each season in the field costs, plus subsequent post-excavation costs, over £200,000 every year. The Ness Trust and the American Friends provide over 85 per cent of this figure.

Sample costs

Sheet of waterproof A3 drawing film (300 per season)£1.15/$1.50 each
Archive acid-free storage box (100 per year)£3.25/$4.50 each
Trowel£14/$18 each
Basic environmental sample processing (500 per year)£15/$20 each
Slide manufacture for micromorph analysis£70/$100 each
Professional supervisor for excavation, survey or on-site finds processing (12 required each year)£135/$180 per day
Specialist analysis (ranging from)£150-300 ($200-400) per day
Plant hire (circa)£250/$330 per season
Radiocarbon dates (circa)£300/$400 each
On-site stationery, drawing film etc  (circa)£1,200/$1,600 per season
Portacabin hire£1,200/$1,600 per season
Viewing platform for visitors£2,100/$2,795 per season
Overall, the excavations cost (circa)£2,500/$3,325 per day
Annual interim report – research, writing, production£12,000/$16,000

This is why the Ness of Brodgar Trust (Registered Scottish Charity No: SC044890) was set-up to raise the funds without which the excavation simply would not happen.

Contact us if you want to discuss corporate sponsorship, either in kind or financial. We are always glad of your support.

Contact us too if you want to discuss legacy-giving.