Dig diary – Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And still the long anticipated deluge predicted for this week has thankfully failed to materialize – a bit greyer and cooler than one might hope for but still very workable. The BBC arrived back today to continue their filming, just in time to witness yet more intriguing discoveries in Structure …

Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The discovery of a lifetime . . . Hello from a cloudy, but unexpectedly dry, Ness of Brodgar – a day punctuated with high drama as Olivia, a prospective archaeology student, made the “discovery of a lifetime”. While cleaning next to one of the walls at the north end of …

Dig Diary – Monday, August 16, 2010

Heading for 5,000 visitors . . . Even after the success of yesterday’s Open Day, the crowds continue to be attracted to the Ness. Most seem to be attracted not only by the superb archaeology but also the chance to see archaeologists in “action” and have all their questions answered …

Dig Diary – Sunday, August 15, 2010

Excavation open day. . . For a change, the weather for the excavation Open Day is fine and sunny, with not much wind – a dramatic change from the previous two, when visitors, and diggers alike, were subjected to gales and horizontal rain. Despite vying for attention with the Vintage …

Dig Diary – Thursday, August 12, 2010

The rain has now fully cleared and so another typical Orcadian summer’s day. And what a day it’s turning out to be! In the central chamber of Structure Ten, there have been some fantastic finds that may be associated. Ken discovered a large nodule of haematite (iron ore, from Hoy). …

Zigzag painted stone

In last few minutes of excavation today, another painted stone has turned up in Structure Eight, but this time the “paint” seems to form a more coherent pattern – a zigzag or chevron of red pigment!!! The start of a new digging week and all change. Many of the team …

Dig diary – Monday, July 19, 2010

And another season at the Ness is under way and again the gods seem to be shining down on us – blessing us with almost the perfect weather to start the dig. It definitely has inspired the team to Herculean efforts (many thanks to one and all) and, by lunchtime, …