The end is nigh…can you help?

A sea of tyres protecting Trench P at the end of the 2017 season.

As we enter the last week of the 2018 season, we would like to ask for some help from anyone free on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week (August 22, 23 and 24).

The tyres relocated to the side of Trench P last year, ready to be put in place. Hard work, but rewarding.
The tyres relocated to the side of Trench P last year, ready to be put in place. Hard work, but rewarding.

The site is closing for the season, and to protect our valuable structures from the ravages of an Orcadian winter we must cover them all with huge sheets of black plastic, which will be held down by many hundreds of tyres.

Our staff numbers are down as many students have left for new university sessions and numbers of professional staff have also had to return to their jobs.

So, if anyone in Orkney, of reasonable fitness, can spare us some time on these three days we promise fun with tyres, a free Ness guidebook and an experience which will bring you as close to the archaeology as the archaeologists ever get.

We do, however, suggest old clothes, strong footwear and gloves.

If you can help, just turn up at the site for as long as you can manage.

Many thanks.