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South Ronaldsay

Sites in this group:

3 posts
55 posts
Banks Chambered Tomb
5 posts
The Cairnhead, Hunda Cairn(s)
12 posts
Cairns O' The Bu Broch
1 post
Castle of Burwick Cliff Fort
10 posts
Clouduhall Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Clouduhall Round Cairn
19 posts
Howe of Hoxa Broch
4 posts
Kirkhouse Cairn Round Cairn
1 post
Kirk Ness Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Kirk Ness Dyke Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Kirk Ness Mound Round Barrow(s)
16 posts
Sorquoy Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
Stews Standing Stone / Menhir
76 posts
3 sites
Tomb of the Eagles Chambered Cairn
15 posts
The Wart Chambered Cairn
Sites of disputed antiquity:
9 posts
Ladykirk Stone Carving


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Archaeologists uncover clues to life of Iron Age man
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th December 2016ce

Iron Age Jewellery Made On Orkney Recreated
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28th September 2016ce

Neolithic tomb found in garden 'extremely significant'

WHEN Hamish Mowatt decided to investigate a mysterious mound as he tidied an Orkney garden, he had little idea he would uncover a hoard of bodies that had lain untouched for around 5,000 years... continues...
moss Posted by moss
2nd October 2010ce

Rare rock art found on beach after storm

Local plumber David Barnes saw the circular markings in the low afternoon light on Sandwick Bay. Julie Gibson, the county archaeologist, suggests it could come from a chambered tomb.

No picture at the link though, sadly.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th March 2008ce


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Orkneyjar: The Cairns

Sigurd's report on The Cairns of the Bu
wideford Posted by wideford
15th September 2007ce
Edited 16th September 2007ce

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Cairns O' The Bu (Broch) — News

Archaeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Wooden Bowl, plus hair

The Iron Age artifacts were sealed in a subterranean chamber of the Cairns Broch, a tower-like stone structure.
uring the Iron Age, the Cairns Broch—a tower-like stone building of monumental proportions—dominated the landscape of Windwick Bay, a rocky cove in the Scottish archipelago of Orkney. Equal parts house, fort and status symbol, the broch stood at the center of an ancient settlement until some point between the later 1st and mid-2nd century A.D., when it was sealed and subsequently abandoned.

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And also, if you can get through the adverts at the Independent, there is this with a video...
moss Posted by moss
23rd July 2018ce

Tomb of the Eagles (Chambered Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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21st April 2018ce

South Liddel (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Images

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21st April 2018ce

Cairns O' The Bu (Broch) — Images

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21st June 2017ce

Cairns O' The Bu (Broch) — Fieldnotes

Visited 20th June 2017

As the dig season for the Cairns draws towards its end, and the sun makes an appearance through the clouds, it seems like the right time for a trip down to South Ronaldsay to check out the excavation. There is a small parking spot down at Windwick bay, full when we arrived, so we squeezed the car onto the verge, please make sure you don’t block the drive of the neighbouring house though, fortunately we didn’t, but during our visit someone else had, prompting a visit from the irate householder unable to get his car out, giving a bit of a haranguing to the archaeologists!

Soon we were approached by a friendly archaeologist asking us if we would like a tour, and along with a small group of other visitors he proceeded to take us all around the site giving us a fascinating explanation of the various features, before taking us into the finds hut to show us some of the most recent finds, including a lovely bronze ‘Hand-pin’ found a few days ago.

Even without a tour though the site would be well worth a visit. The first thing that struck me was the size of the broch, walls at least three metres thick, with the fine sweep of its circular stonework and its interior orthostats clearly showing dividing partitions within the structure. Just seeing it partially emerged from the ground, and coming back into view for the first time in over 1,500 years was amazing. I was particularly struck by the holed stone orthostat which stood aligned with main broch entrance, the archaeologist suggesting it may have been a stone taken from an earlier neolithic monument from the surrounding area and re-used.

Outside of the broch work was proceeding on the large trench investigating the surrounding village complex. Two furnaces and a number of parts of broken moulds for bronze pins have been uncovered in this area, suggesting production of jewellery on a large scale, and suggestive of an obviously important site.

We learned so much about this fascinating place, particularly intriguing to me was the fact that apparently the broch had at one point been de-commissioned, the upper floors taken down, and used to infill the interior of the structure, but done in a careful way without destroying the internal partitions. Even more mysteriously a souterrain was then built outside of the structure which linked to a chamber built into the infilled broch.

We must have spent at least an hour with the archaeologist, who gave us a fantastic tour of this enigmatic site, and if you ever get the chance to visit during the Cairns relatively short excavation season I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
21st June 2017ce

Cairns O' The Bu (Broch) — News

The Cairns Blog
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19th June 2017ce
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