The excavation of Green Farm, an artefact-rich Neolithic settlement site on the Isle of Eday in Orkney, has been ongoing for the last six years. Previous excavations have revealed several stone buildings, at least one of which had a complex sequence of occupation with interlinked hearths and runnels (narrow channels in the ground for liquid to flow through).
It is expected to be the final season of this phase of the project, and participants will be excavating the remaining stone buildings and associated large stone drain in order to establish their relationships with each other. The goal is to gain fuller understanding of the sequence of the foundation, occupation and abandonment of the visible parts of the site.
Applicants should have some fieldwork experience, although places are available for enthusiastic beginners and students are welcome (minimum age is 18). Participants will be offered work that falls within their capabilities and all will be encouraged to extend their skills and knowledge and where possible, pursue areas of particular interest. On-site activities include excavation, recording, drawing, surveying, and finds processing.
Costs include all equipment (apart from trowels) and refreshments. Accommodation, food and transport can also be arranged for an additional fee.