Official Ness of Brodgar guidebook now available

Roy Towers and Nick Card signing copies of the new Ness of Brodgar guidebook at the official launch in Kirkwall.

Roy Towers and Nick Card signing copies of the new Ness of Brodgar guidebook at the official launch in Kirkwall.

The first book to tell the story of the Ness of Brodgar excavation site – from its discovery, in 2003, to the end of the 2014 excavation season – is now available to buy online.

Launched to a capacity audience in the Orkney Theatre, in Kirkwall, tonight, The Ness of Brodgar, by Roy Towers, Nick Card and Mark Edmonds, covers all aspects of the Neolithic site – its discovery, its place in the landscape, the buildings, artefacts, artwork and the excavation so far.

The full-colour book is the first official guide to the world-famous site and features superb photography by professionals, including Jim Richardson, of National Geographic.

The launch was followed by a talk from site director Nick Card, entitled Winding the clock back: Dating the Ness of Brodgar.

nesscoverangleCommenting on the new publication, Nick said: “We are all very pleased indeed to see the Ness in its own publication – a real team effort, with particular thanks to Joanne Bourne for the concept and design work; Anne Mitchell and Martha Johnson for editorial management and co-ordination; and the host of photographers who allowed us to use their images.

“I hope everyone buys a copy to help us continue this ground-breaking research.”

All money raised from the sales of the book go to the Ness of Brodgar excavation fund.

The book will also be on sale at the Orkney Archaeology Society shop over the eight-week 2015 dig (July 6 – August 28).

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