Focus on finds – worked bone
Worked bone is something of a rarity at the Ness.
Not because people were not making things from bone but because the acidic soil means these objects rarely survive.
If conditions were a little more alkaline we might still have the range and number of bone artefacts recovered at other Neolithic sites in Orkney, such as Skara Brae and the Links of Noltland.
At the Ness of Brodgar bone preservation can range from not-very-good condition to mush with the consistency of cottage cheese.
Fortunately, there are pockets of soil and midden that are clearly not so acidic and it is from these that we have recovered the few examples of worked bone shown here.