Ness of Brodgar: Open to the Public


Every purchase will include a free copy of our second-edition guidebook Digging Deeper (2017)

Woody Musgrove took some wonderful photographs during his time excavating at the Ness. The result is a book that is a record of work on site in 2017. Without words, it lets the images speak for themselves.

As we bring excavation to close in 2024, Open to the Public provides a unique record of a very special dig and an equally special place. Take home a copy, enjoy it and reflect on past glories.




“A fabulous record of an excavation in progress, the people and the place. Woody Musgrove combines the eyes of the photographer and the archaeologist to produce a colourful documentary, in monochrome, of this extraordinary excavation, its setting and the folk without whom there would be no excavation and no story to tell.”

Ness of Brodgar: Open to the Public, by Woody Musgrove, is a photographic record of the excavators and moments behind the scenes at the ongoing excavation of the Neolithic complex.

The book documents the life of an excavation through the people working there.

From uncovering the site for the new season, through the weeks of digging and recording and thinking and talking and finally wrapping the site with tarpaulins and tyres against the winter storms, we see how an archaeological site is as much about the diggers as it is the untangling of a thousand years of prehistory.

Fifty per cent of the profits from the sale of the book will go directly to fund the excavation.

Woody studied professional photography at Stevenson College, Edinburgh, before moving to Orkney to take the BA in Archaeology at University of the Highlands and Islands.

He dug at the Ness of Brodgar for five seasons and in 2017 offered to document the life of the excavation with his camera for the Ness of Brodgar Trust.