Ness of Brodgar Excavation Blog

More cupmarked, dressed and painted stone

Diary – Monday, August 10, 2020 Day Twenty-Six The 2011 investigation of the area around the presumed entrance to Structure Ten struck gold today – wall lines! These, however, were not what was expected...

Focus on finds – beads

Although we don’t have a huge number of beads at the Ness, the examples we have show exquisite craftsmanship. Unlike Skara Brae, where the huge bead assemblage was predominantly bone, the Ness beads are...

The first excavation at the Ness

Anyone who has been on a tour of the Ness will be familiar with the story of the notched slab that started it all. The slab, which had been ploughed up, was thought to...

From the Art Hut – finding finds…

By Karen Wallis During my first season as Artist in Residence, I was impressed by the range of what could be termed a “find” – from decorated stone on the walls, through the many...