Monthly Archive: August 2019

Trench J in all its 3D glory…

 Trench J, and with it Structures Five and Thirty-Two and the “Great Wall of Brodgar”, may have been covered over today, but you can revisit it in detail with this new 3D model...

A day of sandbags, tarps and tyres…

It’s been a long, hard day of manual labour in some not-so-pleasant weather conditions, but we’ve covered over around 90 percent of the site. Aided by volunteers from the public as well as a...

Dig Diary – Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Day Thirty-Eight Physical traces of a Neolithic potter? This, dear readers, is our last diary of the 2019 excavation season at the Ness. You will have realised that there are certain people who are...

Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Day Thirty-Seven Human bone and a standing stone… In the best archaeological tradition, and with two days to go of the 2019 Ness dig, some amazing discoveries have been made – not least of...

Dig Diary – Monday, August 19, 2019

Day Thirty-Six Last week syndrome… There is such a thing in Orcadian archaeology as “last week syndrome” when, as everything winds down towards the end of the excavation, something interesting turns up. Today is...

Dig Diary – Sunday, August 18, 2019

Day Thirty-Five Sunshine and crowds at the Ness Our second and final ‘Special Sunday’ open day of the season took place today, with over 1,000 visitors recorded at the excavation site alone. Thank you...

Farewell Bryn . . . you will be missed by all

We are very sad to announce, after battling a long illness, the passing away of Bryn, the director’s site dog and the real director of the Ness. He will be missed by us all, and by all the visitors to the...