Ness of Brodgar Excavation Blog

Diary Extra – Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Around the world in 80 models  . . . Regular diary readers will have seen Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark’s marvellous 3D reproductions of the Ness of Brodgar excavation site, as well as his panoramas and aerial photographs....

Dig Diary – Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Day Thirteen Human remains under Structure Ten Our determination to talk about the weather yesterday has come back to bite us with a vengeance. We had barely recovered from yesterday’s sun-stroke and dehydration when...

Dig Diary – Monday, July 18, 2016

Day Eleven Thwarted by the rain . . . but there’s big news coming This is not a day we wish to remember. It drizzled, then it rained, then it drizzled some more. Taken...

Dig Diary – Friday, July 15, 2016

Day Ten Fingers crossed for a chambered tomb Today, we have startling news from Trench  T – the one which runs from the huge midden beyond the house and down to Stenness loch. Ben...

Dig Diary – Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day Nine Foundation deposit beneath Structure Ten? Today started tranquilly enough in Trench X as UHI and Willamette students were taught the rudiments of planning. Many experienced diggers enjoy planning. Others, and especially those...

Dig Diary – Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Seven The finds emerge. . . Regular and eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that there has not been much mention made thus far of wonderful finds. To be terribly pretentious about it this...

Dig Diary – Monday, July 11, 2016

Day Six Some timely arrivals . . . Reinforcements arrived on site today, and not before time. The Ness has developed, over the years, into a site which is both large and complex, and...

Dig Diary – Thursday, July 7, 2016

Day Four Ladies and gentlemen, may we present . . . Trench X Today, the serious archaeology continued with geoarchaeologist Jo McKenzie’s sampling of the floors in Structure Twelve. But while Jo was happy with progress,...