There is precedent around Orkney for constructing replica sites nearby. The one I've seen is on Sanday at Meur where a burnt mound was being destroyed by tidal action.
As to the huge challenge at the Ness of Brodgar site, I recommend Caroline Wickham-Jones' blog on the subject - "Thoughts on Ness of Brodgar":
Cheers T, some of the track from there to Kerloch is of the bloody hell variety especially the zig zag bit after that bizarre wooden hut. Thank goodness for the frost some bits would have been a mud bath :-)
Thanks greatly for this link, tomatoman. Have flagged it up on the Forum. Deserves it. Moss, Id be very surprised if the family were not adequately compensated for this very long term disruption. Soilwise, seeing what they want to have in their wildflower meadow, no problem. Whether they'll be around to see it is another matter. I've read of the layering of fine archaeology going back over at least a millenium...how they access undoubtedly very important lower strata without destroying that above is not an issue that I'd like to have on my plate. I wonder IF there were funds if it would be possible to somehow reconstruct the upper layers elsewhere, preferably nearby, so that there would be a continuity of the hugely important geographic context, as this site was chosen by the builders for a reason.
Kerloch is a definite old cairn I'd say (pics en route to the Canmore people and a description) and the Blarourie ring cairn exists. As for the enclosures, there are a few hut circles on the go and they are right in middle of cairns/SCs etc, and they might have been holding pens perhaps fenced for animals. There are plenty dry stane dyke enclosures on slopes made by shepherds who obviously took the slope into consideration. I think the 2 smaller enclosures are ok, the bigger two, not so sure but I wouldn't be surprised if they were prehistoric.
There is more info in that article than we learn on the tv programmes wonder if the farming family will ever get their wild flower meadow, also do they get compensated for having all that digging on their land?
Grayling has the best of intentions to hand over a massive quantity of public cash to a private company (that he may or may not have had conversations with or have a connection to). He was Lord Chancellor and did the Work and Pensions job during a "period of adjuxtment" of such. He did a History degree 30-odd years ago. His career has been in Information and Crisis Management. He worked for Burston Marsteller Company (New York) crisis managed for Philip Morris, Three Mile Island, the US ram-raid on the Asian Stock Exchange etc.
Maybe the construction company that built the Mimmelian Domb will get the contract to dig the tunnel. I cannot see why not. Estimated costs are at 2 Billion Pounds. This will over-run massively. More than double.
Whatever the company that gets the contract, I am sure they will have a name like Carrolian, Maester, Sponvak, Intrastrive, Kelger, Bamb or Splingefern. They will be based offshore and pay little or no tax in the UK.
Tractors, quads, motorbikes and the Stonehenge Visitor Centre Bus will still be visible and audible.