New book provides a photographic record of the 2017 dig

A new book documenting the 2017 dig at the Ness of Brodgar is due to be released shortly.

Ness of Brodgar: Open to the Public, by Woody Musgrove, is a photographic record of the excavators and moments behind the scenes at the ongoing excavation of the Neolithic complex.

The book documents the life of an excavation through the people working there. From uncovering the site for the new season, through the weeks of digging and recording and thinking and talking and finally wrapping the site with tarpaulins and tyres against the winter storms, we see how an archaeological site is as much about the diggers as it is the untangling of a thousand years of prehistory.

Fifty per cent of the profits from the sale of the book will go directly to fund the excavation.

Woody studied professional photography at Stevenson College, Edinburgh, before moving to Orkney to take the BA in Archaeology at University of the Highlands and Islands.

He dug at the Ness of Brodgar for five seasons and last year offered to document the life of the excavation with his camera for the Ness of Brodgar Trust.

As well as documentary photography, Woody is developing ways of interpreting and recording artefacts through the use of photography.

The book will be available to buy from this site and at the site shop when excavation resumes on July 2. In the meantime, and to whet your appetite, a selection of images from the book are shown below.

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