The Ness of Brodgar 2018 crowdfunder campaign has reached the halfway mark in less than a month.
The £25,000 fundraiser was launched on May 2, with the money raised going towards this year’s estimated £200,000 excavation and post-excavation costs.
Digging resumes on site on July 2, for eight weeks, with the crowdfunder cash helping pay for everything from on-site scaffolding to stationary and finds bags.
Although the excavation receives some grant support from funding bodies, the bulk of the excavation is paid for by donations. Site director Nick Card said he was delighted by the public response so far.
He said: “It really is heartening to see that the site, and the archaeological work, means so much to so many people. We have had donations coming in from all over the globe and are really hoping that we can reach the £25,000 target before excavation work resumes in July.
“Our sincere and heartfelt thanks go to all who have contributed so far — every penny donated really helps keep this extraordinary excavation going. We want to make sure the investigation and discoveries at the Ness are shared by as many people as possible and this money will go a long way to ensuring this happens.”
Nick added: “The Ness plays a major part in Orkney’s tourism industry every summer and I’d like to give special thanks to the local tourism groups and businesses who have contributed to the crowdfunded so far — we just couldn’t keep the dig running without your support.”
To contribute to the crowdfunder, see www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/crowdfunder2018.