Ness of Brodgar Open to the Public

About the Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar site has been under excavation since 2004, revealing a massive complex of monumental Neolithic buildings dating from the centuries around 3000BC.

Without parallel in Atlantic Europe, the Ness of Brodgar’s three hectares are filled with huge stone structures containing spectacular finds.

These have made the Ness one of the most important archaeological excavations in the world today, changing our understanding of the culture and beliefs of Neolithic Orkney and shining a new light on the prehistory of northern Europe.

The project is mainly funded through the generosity of the public through our two supporting charities the Ness of Brodgar Trust and the American Friends.

The discovery of the Ness of Brodgar
The Ness of Brodgar excavation
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Structures Five and Thirty-Two…

Our understanding of Structures Five and Thirty-Two in Trench J advanced considerably during the 2021 excavation season. As a result, we’ve updated the Structure Five page and added a new… Read more
Picture: Nick Card

Wednesday wildlife is back…

After its summer break, we’re back with a new series of Wednesday Wildlife  – weekly gallery of photographs taken around the Ness of Brodgar by excavation director Nick Card. Click… Read more
A heat-affected chunk of red sandstone found in Structure Ten. This was located beside the 'painted' orthostat mentioned yesterday and may have been used to create the red pigment. (Sigurd Towrie)

Video – ‘Why Rocks?’

  Today’s Orkney International Science Festival talk by Dr Martha Johnson, highlighting the Ness of Brodgar rocks that don’t fit the local geology, and showing clues to their origins.… Read more
Three of the five polished stone axes found on site this summer. See them, and more, at Sunday's Open Day.

Video – ‘The Ness in Rock and Stone’

Today's Orkney International Science Festival talk featuring Ness of Brodgar site director Nick Card, Dr Ann Clark and Dr Antonia Thomas of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute. Read more