Category: Artefacts

Multi-hollowed cobble tool strip. Sigurd Towrie

Focus on Finds – multi-hollowed cobble tools

There have been some spectacular finds from the Ness of Brodgar. Polished stone axes, maceheads and, of course, our carved stone ball. But there is one class of worked stone that is perhaps not...

"Rough" haematite examples.

Focus on finds – haematite

It was something that had long been suspected but we have abundant proof that colour was an important facet of life in Neolithic Orkney. Excavation at the Ness of Brodgar has revealed “painted” walls...

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...

Worked and Incised Bone

Focus on finds – worked bone

Worked bone is something of a rarity at the Ness. Not because people were not making things from bone but because the acidic soil means these objects rarely survive. If conditions were a little...

Orkney vole remains from the Ness of Brodgar

Focus on finds – the Orkney vole

Among the animal remains found at the Ness over the years are hundreds of bones from the Orkney vole (Microtus arvalis orcadensis). This small mammal is not found in mainland Britain – only Orkney...

Three examples of pumice found at the Ness of Brodgar. (Sigurd Towrie)

Focus on finds – pumice

While it may not be the most glamorous of finds from the Ness, that pumice played a role in Neolithic life is beyond doubt. A by-product of volcanic eruption, pumice is hard, rough-textured, vesicular...

Ness carved stone ball in 3D

A 3d photogrammetry model, by Hugo Anderson-Whymark, of the carved stone ball found at the Ness of Brodgar excavation site, by Molly Bond, on August 7, 2013.