The Ness of Brodgar excavation director was back in the USA in April, on a lecture tour brought about by last year’s article in National Geographic magazine.
Nick Card, of the UHI Archaeology Institute, was invited, and funded, to tour Texas, taking in a number of venues including the University of Texas in Austin, Trinity University in San Antonio, the Museum of Natural Science in Houston and the George Bush Museum at the Texas A & M University.
According to Mr Card, the tour allowed him to promote not only the Ness and its archaeology, but Orkney and the UHI to a variety of audiences through public, society and university lectures and seminars.
At the start of April, it was also announced that Mr Card had been awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) Samuel H. Kress Lectureship for 2016-17.
The Kress lectureship is administered by the AIA and underwritten by the Kress Foundation in New York. It allows the AIA to invite “distinguished” foreign scholars to lecture to AIA members, university communities and the general public as part of the AIA’s annual Lecture Programme.
This will entail lecturing at 12 or so venues across the USA, starting in autumn 2016.