Location: Orkney, Scotland
Dates: 18th June to 13th July 2018
Cost: N/A
Age: N/A
Training / Experience: N/A
Accommodation: No
Organization: University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute
Name: Martin Carruthers
Address: Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01856 569 225


The Cairns Broch Dig, Orkney [Photo Credit: UHI Archaeology Institute]

The Cairns Broch Dig, Orkney [Photo Credit: UHI Archaeology Institute]

The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney is a research and training excavation based around a substantial multi-period settlement site. The main focus is a monumental Iron Age roundhouse or broch and its associated contemporary and later extramural buildings. Excavations have been running since 2006 producing a substantial architectural, artefactual and environmental resource. The main aims of the project are to investigate the suite of floors and occupation deposits from inside the broch, to examine the contexts & biographies of the Iron Age structures known as ‘souterrains’, and to explore the site’s relationship with other sites and natural features in the landscape, before, during and after the Iron Age.

Open to the public from 18th June to 13th July 2018

Tours are available Monday to Friday. There are no set times, but the site opens at 10.30am each morning and closes at around 4.30pm.

Open Day is Friday 6th July 2018. All welcome.

This site also takes volunteers who email in advance to take part.

Find out more about this exciting project:

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