Perched on a peninsula in the heart of the Orkney archipelago, the Ness of Brodgar is a truly remarkable site. Long-running excavations there are bringing a wealth of discoveries to light, illuminating the life and death of a sophisticated Neolithic community (see CA 335).
Recent excavations in a field near the ruins of Deer Abbey in Aberdeenshire have provided the most compelling evidence so far for the remains of the monastery where the 10th-century Book of Deer may have been written and illuminated.
Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns with prehistoric cremation burials on later multi settlement site up to the 13th & 14th centuries. All ages welcome to try their hand at excavation but all expenses to be paid by student/vistor alike. No disabled access.
Archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Galicia, Spain and University of Cambridge, have now concluded that the structural remains are those of an Early Neolithic house (c.3400-3100BC) with associated occupation deposits, hearth and stone walls. You are […]
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 work at Skaill aims to explore a slice of the remarkable deep time represented along the west shore; from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Pictish, Viking and Norse periods to the 19th century clearances. This season we are investigating the Viking / Norse farm mound below the 18th century farmstead. Visitors welcome! Why not visit […]
The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares at the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well preserved and sophisticated complex of monumental stone buildings enclosed by walls that are 6 metres thick; built and occupied by people over 5,000 years […]
This season’s excavation will explore the 17th century designed landscape of Kinneil Park. The House was owned by the Dukes & Duchesses of Hamilton and was erected by the Earl of Arran in the 1560s. The grounds were laid out afresh in the 1690s and included a series of features, such as the walled garden, […]
Picture this: it’s around AD 650 and the Northumbrian monastery founded on Lindisfarne by Anglo-Saxon King Oswald is rapidly rising to fame. But just across the Scottish border something else is happening; Oswald has a sister named Aebbe, and she too has founded a monastery. This historic site is fundamental to our understanding of the […]
The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]