Ness of Brodgar Excavation Blog

Dig Diary – Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day Thirty-Three Prehistoric seaweed? Maybe. But there’s definitely more art… Today we have a mysterious object – a very mysterious object. We told you recently of Jenny’s excellent efforts in showing that the paint...

Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day Thirty-Two There’s art in those stones… We’re going to start today with heartiest congratulations to two of our stalwarts. Claire and Mike have toiled long and hard in Structure Ten, for many years,...

Dig Diary – Monday, August 15, 2016

Day Thirty-One Reusing a stone circle? We are worried about the BBC. The team filming the Ness excavations arrived in force this morning and followed Nick around, bombarding him with questions. By midday they...

Dig Diary – Friday, August 12, 2016

Day Thirty The Ness is alive, with the sound of ‘chambered’ . . . The Ness of Brodgar is suffused with a rosy glow today and it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with...

Dig Diary Special – Thursday, August 11, 2016

Getting to grips with geomatics Although to most visitors of the Ness of Brodgar we might appear like either brightly-coloured or darkly-tinted lumps of waterproofs, crouched down in tiny corners to catch less wind,...

Dig Diary – Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Day Twenty-Eight A veritable ‘Day of Stone’ Today was a day of solid, undiluted archaeology. As site director Nick describes it, with capital letter emphasis, a Day of Stone. You will be glad to...

Dig Diary — Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day Twenty-Seven What lies beneath Structure Ten’s sandstone blocks? Sorry folks, we’re starting with the weather again, but for a particular reason. Today is windy and cold. The weather-beating received by diggers yesterday (and...

Dig Diary – Monday, August 8, 2016

Day Twenty-Six Decorating the stones as the walls were built . . . If any dear readers are fed up hearing about the weather, rest assured, we are fed up living with it. The...

Dig Diary – Friday, August 5, 2016

Day Twenty-Five Astounding generosity and a daunting discovery . . . We have two huge events to report today. The first is the utterly amazing response to our appeal for help with the repair...

Dig Diary – Thursday, August 4, 2016

Day Twenty-Four Some things becomes clearer, others don’t . . . Resilience is the hallmark of many archaeologists. It has to be, as a life in a muddy trench, while the wind and rain...