Awards and accolades

These awards and accolades are testament to the hard work put into the project by the entire Ness “family” over the years. Thank you all.

2008: Runner-up in the international Andante Travel Archaeology Award (the winner was the University of San Francisco’s work at Pompeii).

2009: The Archaeological Institute of America recognised the Ness as one of the great discoveries of recent times.

2011: Winner of the Research Project of the Year in the Current Archaeology Awards.

2011: Noted and acknowledged in a motion in the Scottish Parliament.

2012: Winner of the international Andante Travel Archaeology Award.

2013: Nominated for the international Educational Travel Community Award.

2014: The Ness was nominated by Archaeology Scotland for the British Archaeology Award and Best Archaeology Project.

2016-17: Awarded the Kress Travelling Lectureship by the Archaeological Institute of America.

2019: Awarded the Shanghai Archaeology Forum Field Discovery Award.

2019:  The Ness was noted and acknowledged in a motion in the Scottish Parliament.

Motion S5M-19892: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14/11/2019

That the Parliament congratulates Ness of Brodgar Excavations in Orkney on winning the 2019 Shanghai Archaeology Forum Field Discovery Award from a shortlist of 141 global nominations; notes that this award recognises archaeological excavations that have uncovered major discoveries that significantly advance or alter understanding of the human past; acknowledges that the Orkney site, which is one of the most significant archaeological finds in Western Europe, was nominated by members of the German Archaeological Institute and the University of Cambridge; recognises that the project is managed by the University of Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in conjunction with the Ness of Brodgar Trust; congratulates the volunteers and staff, including the site director, Nick Card, on their hard work and achievements in archaeological research being recognised on the global stage; thanks them for furthering knowledge and awareness of Neolithic life in Orkney through their outstanding and innovative efforts, and wishes the project continued success for the 2020 excavation season and beyond.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Edward Mountain, Tom Arthur, Liam Kerr, Ruth Maguire, Gil Paterson.

2023: The Ness of Brodgar picked up the award for Tour Guide of the Year at the inaugural Orkney Tourism Awards.

2024: Director Nick Card named Archaeologist of the Year at 2024 Current Archaeology Awards. The Ness of Brodgar was also named Research Project of the Year for the second time in its history.