Ness of Brodgar Excavation Blog

"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...

New Ness wildlife cards

Ness wildlife and landscape cards launched

This week’s ornithological offering from site director Nick Card. Fans of Nick’s photography will be delighted to learn that a selection of his pictures feature in two new fundraising card packs that showcase the...

Geology matters 3 – working stone

By Dr Martha Johnson Certain rocks have always been collected on archaeological sites – stone tools and implements that are classified as “Worked Stone”. They are meticulously assessed for aspects of work, how they...

Geology matters 2 – Orkney rocks!

By Dr Martha Johnson The majority of Orkney’s rocks are sedimentary, specifically clastic sedimentary rocks.  These are formed from the compression of particles –  clasts – of eroded rock materials. Orkney’s sedimentary rocks were...