Volunteers help cover Trench T for the winter.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the 2020 excavation was cancelled.

We are looking into the possibility of excavating and of opening the site in 2021 BUT must consider what the Scottish Government, Orkney Islands Council, the University of the Highlands and Islands and our Archaeology Institute permit.

We must also consider what the community we are part of here in Orkney wants, so keep watching the website and we’ll let you know our plans as soon as we know them ourselves.

IF we dig, the team will be tiny by comparison to previous years and visiting arrangements very different too, IF we open. Unfortunately, we will be accepting no volunteers, other than a very small group who we will contact directly. 

Please understand that we don’t want this, but COVID 19 requires it for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.