The Ness in Print

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 can be bought online 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Shillito, L.M., 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
  • 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, Orkney.  EJA DOI 10.1017/eaa.2016.29
  • Card, N. 2018 The Ness of Brodgar Uncovering Orkney’s Neolithic heart, Current Archaeology 335
  • Batt C.M., Outram Z., Harris S.E. and Card N., Forthcoming Telling the time in the Neolithic: Developing archaeomagnetic dating in Britain. Archaeometry/JAS
  • Card, N. Downes, J. and Edmonds, M. (eds) Forthcoming Landscapes Revealed: Remote sensing around the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Oxford: Windgather/Oxbow Press
  • Jones, R., Towers, R. and Card, N. forthcoming Analysis of decorated Grooved Ware sherds from Ness of Brodgar, Orkney.
  • 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, JAS.