Helping inspire a new generation of archaeologists

Nick Card shows pupils from Evie Community School a replica of the carved stone ball found at the Ness of Brodgar excavation site.
Nick Card shows pupils from Evie Community School a replica of the carved stone ball found at the Ness of Brodgar excavation site.

An important element of the Ness of Brodgar excavations is allowing people to experience the site, the artefacts found to date and keeping everyone up to date with the latest findings.

In a place like Orkney, it is especially important that the young folk are aware of their heritage so, as well as visits from school groups during the eight-week dig season, where possible site director Nick is a regular visitor to the county’s schools, where he explains the significance of the dig and allows pupils some hand-on experience with 5,000 year old artefacts.

Nick is pictured during one such recent visit, where he gave a classroom talks at the Evie Community School.

Explaining the significance of one of the many (broken) maceheads found at the Ness.
Explaining the significance of one of the many maceheads found at the Ness.
A lesson on the Ness excavation at the Evie school.
A lesson on the Ness excavation at the Evie school.