Ness donors – thank you all

Since we sent out last month’s newsletter (if you have not signed up yet, click here) we’ve had a number of generous donations to the Ness excavation funds. To respect the privacy of donors we will obviously not be naming anyone but would like to take this opportunity to thank …

Turning a petrosphere…

Long-time supporters of the Ness  Michael and Sara Sinclair have posted a video showing the creation of one of their wooden petropsheres. The auction of one of Michael’s stunning brass petrospheres raised £625 for excavation funds earlier this year. Much of Michael’s inspiration is derived from Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage, with …

Orkney – The Queen’s Isles

(Since posting this, we’ve learned it is not available to viewers outside Europe. Sorry to our non-European followers) A beautiful documentary on Orkney, from ARTE. The film-makers visited the Ness at the start of last year’s dig season to record a segment.  The Ness bit begins around 16.21, but take …

Dig director bound for China

Ness of Brodgar site director Nick Card is bound for China next week, to take part in a workshop on heritage management. Nick will travel to Xi’an for the event as an invited guest of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Hailed the birthplace of Chinese …

Congratulations Dr Johnson…

All the team at the Ness would like to send our congratulations to our resident geologist, who has been awarded her PhD. Dr Martha Johnson has worked at the Ness for several years now and her thesis was entitled Rock matters: A geological basis for understanding the rock at the …

Old names and older stones…was there an earlier name for the Ring of Brodgar?

Was there an earlier name for the Ring of Brodgar? An Orcadian name that preceded the antiquarian title introduced in the mid 1800s? According to our very-own Sigurd Towrie, it seems there was – although the jury is still out on whether the name specifically referred to the stone circle …

3D printing the Ness of Brodgar

At the end of last season, we mentioned the tremendous work done by Jim Bright, our photogrammetry expert, and Mark Newton, who produces wonderful physical 3D models from his printer. The example shown here is the first completed physical 3D model of our main Trench P, reproduced in detail through …

2019 volunteer slots filled but still some places for experienced diggers

With six months to go until we resume excavation, the interest shown by people looking to volunteer on site in 2019 has again been overwhelming. Site director Nick has confirmed today that while we have no more space for non-experienced diggers or volunteers, there are a few places left for …