The Ness in Print

The Ness of Brodgar: As it Stands CoverOur interim monograph, The Ness of Brodgar: As it Stands, was published in November 2020.

Excavation at the Ness began in 2006 and the book presents over a decade’s worth of information on all aspects of the monumental Neolithic site.

The book, which is the third volume in the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute research series, features contributions from institute staff as well as specialists from around the world, many of whom will be familiar to regular readers of the blog.

The result is 27 chapters, each devoted to different elements of the site, its excavation and interpretation. Fully illustrated in colour, we are sure the book will delight anyone with an interest in the prehistory of Orkney, Britain and Ireland.

Art and Architecture in Neolithic OrkneyThere’s a brilliant book by our very own Dr Antonia Thomas PhD, a long-standing member of the Ness dig team and an acknowledged expert on Neolithic art.

Art and Architecture is Neolithic Orkney: Process, Temporality and Context is lavishly illustrated, with many photographs of some of the carved stones from the Ness of Brodgar. The book is available to download here.

There was a really good piece all about the Ness in the 24th July 2016 issue of The Guardian newspaper, which is well worth a read.

Another very good article on the Ness was published in The Observer newspaper on the 24th July 2016. Also worth checking out is the Ness of Brodgar entry on Canmore, the RCAHMS website.

The Ness also features in the latest edition of Renfrew & Bahn’s Archaeology  – the standard text book for undergraduates everywhere but a really useful book for all.



  • Ackerman, N. and Card, N. (forthcoming) Neolithic roofing at the Ness of Brodgar.
  • Allington, M. L, Batt, C., Hill, M. and Card, N. (forthcoming) Developing Archaeomagnetic Dating by Intensity in the UK: a Case Study from Neolithic Orkney. Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Batt C.M., Outram Z., Harris S.E. and Card N. (Forthcoming) Telling the time in the Neolithic: Developing archaeomagnetic dating in Britain. Archaeometry/ Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Blanz,M., Mainland, I., Balasse, M., Ascough, P., Taggart, M.A., Card, N. and Feldmannb, J. (forthcoming) Seaweed-eating sheep, husbandry, and red deer deposits at Neolithic Ness of Brodgar, Orkney.
  • Brend, A., Card, N., Downes, J. and Edmonds, M (eds) Landscapes Revealed: Remote sensing around the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Oxford: Windgather/Oxbow Press
  • P. Bueno-Ramírez, R. de Balbín-Behrmann, R. Barroso-Bermejo, L. Laporte, Ph. Gouezin, F. Cousseau, L. Salanova, N. Card, G. Benetau, E. Mens, A. Sheridan, F. Carrera-Ramírez, A. Hernanz, M. Iriarte, K. Steelman (2019) From pigment to symbol: the role of paintings in the ideological construction of European megaliths. In Johannes Müller, Martin Hinz, Maria Wunderlich (eds) (2019) Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes: Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe 2019 Proceedings of the international conference in Kiel, Volume 3, 845- 864, Bonn.
  • Card, N., Jones, R., Towers, R. and Odling, N. (2019). Analysis of coloured Grooved Ware sherds from the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney. Journal of Archaeological Science, 28, [102014].
  • Card, N., Mainland, I., Timpany, S., Towers, R., Batt, C., Bronk Ramsey, C., Dunbar, E., Reimer, P., Marshall, P. and Whittle, A. (2017) To cut a long story short: formal chronological modelling for the Late Neolithic site of Ness of Brodgar, OrkneyEuropean Journal of Archaeology: 1–47.
  • Card, N. and Thomas, A. (2012) Painting a picture of Neolithic Orkney: decorated stonework from the Ness of Brodgar, in Cochrane, A. and Jones, A. (eds) Neolithic visual culture: abstraction and figuration, Neolithic Studies Group Monograph, Oxbow.
  • Card, N., Downes, J., Gibson, J. & Ovenden, S. (2007) Bringing a landscape to life? – researching and managing the ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ World Heritage Site, World Archaeology 39(3), 417-435.
  • Card, N, Cluett, J, Downes, J, Gater, J & Ovenden, S, (2007) ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site: Building a landscape. In Larsson, M. and Parker Pearson, M. (eds) From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with Cultural Diversity in the Third Millennium BC, Brit Arch Report Inter Series 1692, 221-231.
  • Card, N (2018) A Place of Celebration and Pilgrimage. British Archaeology, Sept-Oct, 44-47.
  • Card, N. (2018) The Ness of Brodgar Uncovering Orkney’s Neolithic heart. Current Archaeology 335, 20-28.
  • Card, N. (2010) Neolithic Temples of the Northern Isles. Current Archaeology, 241, 12-19.
  • Card, N. (2010) Colour, Cups and Tiles – recent discoveries at the Ness of Brodgar. PAST, 66, 1-3.
  • Card, N. (2012) The Ness of Brodgar. British Archaeology, 128, 14-21.
  • Harris, S., Batt, C. and Card, N. (2018) Developing Archaeomagnetic Dating for the Scottish Neolithic. Archaeology Scotland, 33, 14-17.
  • Mainland, I., Harland, J., Card, N. and Downes, J. (2018) Feast or Famine? Faunal assemblages from Orkney. Archaeology Scotland, 32, 10-13.
  • Mainland, I., Card, N., Saunders, M.K., Webster, C., Isaksen, L., Downes, J., Littlewood, M. (2013) ‘SmartFauna’: a microscale GIS-based multi-dimensional approach to faunal deposition at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney. Journal of Archaeological Science (2013), doi: 10.1016/ j.jas.2013.10.019.
  • Shillito, LM, McKenzie, J, Card, N, Pike, S, and Chan, B (2015) Subsistence, technology and resource use in Neolithic Orkney: new interdisciplinary research at the Ness of Brodgar. Antiquity, 348, proj gall.
  • Smith, R. (2014) Before Stonehenge. National Geographic August 2014, 26-51.
  • Thomas, A. (2014) Art and Architecture at the Ness of Brodgar. British Archaeology. Sept-Oct, 16-21.
  • Towers, R. and Card, N. (2015) Technological Adaptation in Grooved Ware Pottery from the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney: or how to make your cordons stick. SAJ 36–7 (2015): 51–63.