Video – Ness flyaround: July 2019

Harking back to the balmy summer days of July 2019. A drone flyaround of the site, with excavation in full swing. (Scott Pike)

Hit by the weather again!

After a day basking in glorious sunshine, Orkney’s weather does what it does best – change! Gales, rain and thunder saw excavation work cancelled this morning.

It’s forecast to improve in the afternoon, so hopefully we’ll get back on site and trowelling at some point today.

Video – Sunshine over Trench J

After a week of wet and windy weather, great progress was made in Trench J, and across the entire site, under bright sunshine today.

Video – Digging cancelled due to weather

Day Four of the 2019 season. The weather hasn’t been kind to us at all so far this year, but was so bad today that all digging operations had to be cancelled.

Video – Uncovering Trench P

Day Two of the 2019 excavation season and work continues removing the protective covers from the Neolithic structures in Trench P.

1964 Tour of Skara Brae


A splendid video from BBC Archives, featuring Cathal O’Shannon touring the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae.

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 …