Meet the Team 2017

Hannah Genders Boyd

I’m an undergrad student at the University of Edinburgh, studying history and archaeology.

I’m really excited to be back on the team at the Ness this year.

Last season was my first time excavating at this amazing site and it’s such a privilege to be able to return this year.

This time around I’m hoping to continue working in Trench T and also to improve my knowledge of the site as a whole.

I first came to Orkney in 2010 on a family holiday and was immediately fascinated by the incredible archaeology of the islands (as well as the beautiful scenery).

My love of Scottish archaeology grew from that point onwards!

I’m hoping to meet some older, wiser and more experienced archaeologists and do a lot of learning in the weeks I spend at the Ness of Brodgar.

Orkney was the place that initiated my interest in archaeology and it is so exciting to be back on the team excavating on the Ness of Brodgar itself!

Lucy McLay

I am an undergraduate student of Archaeology at Edinburgh University and have wanted to excavate at the Ness of Brodgar for as long as I’ve wanted to be an archaeologist.

This is my first season at the Ness of Brodgar and I am excited for whatever the summer might throw at us.

I’ve visited Orkney many times on holiday and I absolutely love everything about the islands and their stupidly complex and sometimes unbelievable history.

I can’t wait to start helping uncover more of it.

Anne Teather

2015 was my first season at the Ness, taking a break from research on Neolithic flint mines, chalk artefacts and art on the mainland of Britain.

My previous excavation experience includes Wiltshire (Stonehenge Riverside Project); Dumfries and Galloway, Anglesey and the Isle of Lewis.

After such an amazing experience last year – working with a great team on fabulous archaeology – I’m delighted to be returning this year.

Jeanne Rose

Native Long Island, New Yorker I first saw Orkney whilst on a teaching exchange to Paisley in 1983-84. The Orkney landscape and archaeology, has been inspiring my painting ever since then.

I have been helping out with OAS, with small finds and Anne Mitchell and the summer dig since 2011.

I have been so absolutely lucky and thrilled to be on site when the triangle stone, the carved stone ball, the cloud stone mace, stone spatulas and the butterfly stone were unearthed!

Orkney’s standing stones and archaeology continue to influence designs in my artwork. Pick up a copy of the second volume of the OAS Review of 2017 and you will see my artwork on the cover and inside, there is a piece about my work. If you come to Stromness, you will find me in my working studio/shop, ArtWorks of the Earth at 59 Victoria Street. I also sell items with donated proceeds supporting OAS and the Ness of Brodgar Trust.

Billy Wilson

I started my working life on the ground staff of Newcastle United, sweeping St James’s Park terracing.

I became a professional footballer at the age of seventeen and made my only appearance in the first team at the tender age of 18, only to be given a free transfer six months later when my manager got the boot.

In later years, I formed a successful telecoms business.

When my daughter moved to Orkney, ten years ago, I started to visit and when the fishing was poor one day, I arrived at the Ness.

Nick kindly let me have a few days on the trowel and I have been here every year since.

This is the only experience I have had of archaeology and I have enjoyed every minute of the Ness and met many new friends.

Jim Rylatt

I am an archaeologist based in Sheffield and have worked in commercial archaeology for a long, long, long time on project of all types and sizes. I have also managed annual forays into the world of research excavation, and like several of the other supervisors, I worked on the Stonehenge Riverside Project. It was there that I turned to the Dark Side and developed an unhealthy interest in the British Neolithic!

This ultimately resulted in me migrating north for the summer and this will be my sixth year as a supervisor at the Ness of Brodgar. I am drawn back by the challenge of trying to understand the exceptionally complex nature of the spectacular archaeology we encounter every year, the possibility of finding a unique stone ball (and the attendant promise of free whisky), the marvellous sunny weather and, of course, that rare survivor from a time before political correctness, the Shopping Week parade. I also feel blessed to spend my summer with a lot of lovely people.

I am (probably) supervising Structure 12 again this year, so you will find me in the far corner of Trench P, trying to hide from any TV cameras and enjoying the wonderful ‘Neolithic’ patio furniture that we have reconstructed on the end of the spoil heap. Feel free to drop by and have a chat about midden.

Kath Page

Hi I am Kath Page, I have lived on Orkney for two years now with my family and last September I started studying for a BA Hons in Archaeology at UHI Orkney.

This will be my second season at the Ness and I am really excited to be back. I have been very fortunate to have spent two years immersing myself in all the wonderful history and archaeology that Orkney has to offer. I am continually amazed at how our little corner of the UK is changing the way we view the Neolithic period, and just how much history there is still to discover.

When not archaeologying I am mum to three kids, falling on my bum as Kath-astrophe, a member of the Orkney ViQueens Roller Derby team and going to gigs.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in August.

Marc Frobisher

Hello to you, My name is Marc and I am from Salford in England.

I am very honoured and feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to volunteer on the Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Excavation and Field school 2017.

This will be my second year at the Ness, this time for the whole season, and I am very eager to get started, to watch and listen, to ask lots of questions, to learn learn learn, and to work hard with my colleagues in uncovering the continuing story of this amazing site.

I look forward to seeing those people I worked alongside again, and to meeting those who are new to the Ness of Brodgar.

Thank you.

Paul Durdin

I’m an escaped Australian who discovered the joys of British weather and archaeology in 2010. At home, in York, I work as a freelance archaeologist, and I couldn’t imagine a better job anywhere in the world.

I’ve lucky enough to dig on sites of many periods up and down the country, and this will be my second time at the Ness, one of the very best.

I have a particular fascination with the development of societies and economies in British prehistory, and experiencing a site like the Ness firsthand is a dream come true.

Bill Powell

I have just completed my Archaeology degree course, but my focus remains riveted to the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods of ‘Britain.’ Nobody could prepare me for the experience of my first dig at the Ness last year, the comradeship and the huge respect owed to the skill and endurance of our forebears.

If my exam grades permit, my future studies will explore the connections between
these early Orcadians and the catalyst which led to their extraordinary achievements, and the influences they exerted beyond these wonderful islands.