A few shots from the 2013 season at the Ness of Brodgar to give you some idea of the immense scale and importance of the excavation. If you click on each picture it pops up larger for easier viewing.
Quotes from our visitors:
Seeing the diggers at work was amazing – they were all so eager to share their knowledge of what they found. We actually saw the unearthing of a stone axe that had not seen the light of day for more than 5000 years and we have a photo to prove it!
The highlights for us of our holiday in Orkney was the Ness of Brodgar site dated back 3000BC -anyone who still believes those living in the Neolithic were savages will quickly change their minds on seeing this site and Skara Brae. As digging only happens for a few weeks in July and August each year and the site is largely covered up for the rest of the year, these are the best times to go
We loved our visit to the dig at the Ness of Brodgar (which we are now following online) and the general atmosphere of the place are all still fondly remembered.
The icing on the cake was a visit to a live dig – where the enthusiasm of those involved was highly contagious!
Orkney’s ancient archaeology is astonishing and Orkney’s history offers even more, from Norse sagas and Earls’ palaces to a murdered saint and a magnificent cathedral, plus Scapa Flow and WWII memories. But we loved our visit to the dig and we couldn’t believe that it was so close to the surface – it made us wonder what lies beneath every other field in these islands!
I have wanted to visit Orkney since I read an article in National Geographic years ago….and we finally arrived in Orkney and a huge bonus to us was that our vacation coincided with the diggers being there at the Ness of Brodgar – it was wonderful!
I will always remember being able to hold a ancient artifact recovered the day prior to our visit to the “dig”.