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Sanday

Early Neolithic houses at Cata Sands


found during present excavations https://archaeologyorkney.com/2017/08/28/amazing-finds-at-cata-sand-early-neolithic-houses-and-19th-century-whales/

Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb)

no public access


CLOSED September 26th indefinitely owing to traffic concerns

2 weeks no visiting


Maes Howe and Tormiston Mill shut for the next fortnight

Links of Noltland (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

'Ritual Building' found


http://www.orcadian.co.uk/2015/09/new-ritual-building-discovered-at-links-of-noltland/

Sanday

Earlier Meur burnt mound emergency dig


Last year the known burnt mound at Meur was removed to another site, now there is a larger and even earlier mound being excavated in the usual race against time.
https://www.facebook.com/31395967167/photos/a.222229797167.114824.31395967167/10152415664612168/?type=1 and Thursday's edition of Around Orkney (available on Soundcloud now)

Salt Knowe (Round Barrow(s))

Pesky rabbits


This has been fenced off. April 10th Radio Orkney had an item about the protection (they have now also covered it with matting owing to rabbit damage) but don't say whether still accessible to the public. Fence visible on this pic http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/128081/great_sacred_monuments_of_stenness.html latest pic, Salt Knowe on the left

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Carved Stone Ball Found


Today the site has produced its first carved stone ball, ironically found by a non-drinker as the discovery prize is whisky. I'm sure the excavation blog will mention it, so look on Orkneyjar tonight I guess. It follows the usual Orcadian form and has round bossed faces.
They still have a long way to catch up to the 'domestic' Skara Brae settlement with over half-a-dozen. Elsewhere three were found at the Hillheads in St Ola (one from the circular enclosure/fort) and one each from Sanday, the Links of Noltland in Westray (last year), Orphir (thought to be from Bu [geophys found a double ring feature in the Bu area]), an unidentified Bignor in Stenness itself, and lastly one at Tamaskirk in Rendall.

Rousay

Knowe of Swandro lecture


Thursaday 8.00 in the St Magnus Centre on Palace Road, Kirkwall - results of this year's dig including tomb. Free talk ''Snatched from the Sea : Excavations at Swandro, the story so far.''

West Mainland

Firth settlement compared to Ness of Brodgar


A geophysics image produced for an investigation at Redland in the parish of Firth of a site occupied ~3300-2000BCE clearly shows a boundary around round houses, and this wall/ditch has been compared by those concerned with the Great Wall at the Ness of Brodgar in the parish of Stenness.
http://orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/index.php/features/redlands-investigtion

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

2013 Open to Public dates


July 17th to August 22nd (sic)

Orkney

another Crantit ?


The Warebeth area of Stromness parish has its history pushed back into the Neolithic, my suspicions about a knoll in the feld right of the road coming down to the cemetery/broch proved right. In this natural mound archaeologist potter Andrew Appleby has found the remains of a tomb, a situation resembling that of Crantit (thanks to the farmer this will remain undug for future generations).

Rousay

Knowe of Swandro


This season's dig is showing that rather than a broch this is at heart a (Neolithic) chambered tomb - there is an item in this morning's Radio Orkney program (online later). There's only another week to go and the Open Day is this Sunday, July 22nd, from 11.30.

Banks (Chambered Tomb)

sub-entrance chamber ?


http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/2012/04/20/sixth-chamber-in-banks-chambered-tomb/
unfortunately this is not "The Orcadian" article by Craig Taylor, which has a photo

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Orkneyjar update


http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/2011/10/27/radiocarbon-dates-point-to-a-millennium-of-activity-on-the-ness-of-brodgar/

Banks (Chambered Tomb)

on "Digging For Britain" tonight


Appears on tonight's "Digging For Britain", BBC2 9 p.m. It is open to the public until Halloween and there is also a feed from the featured cell. It sits to the side of the Skerries Bistro.

Shropshire

Helen of The Roads


An engineered road thought to have connected the Wrekin and Old Oswestry hillforts pre-dates R*man construction by several hundred years according to a summation of excavation newspaper reports (regarding Bayston Hill quarry) in the new Fortean Times, FT279

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Brodgar Boy re-united


now resembling a segmented rolling-pin http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/0808114.jpg

Banks (Chambered Tomb)

Latest news from Bank of The Otters


Sigurd brings us up to date after 360 Production left us hanging http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/?p=710

Season 2 now online


Already up to day 2 on 360 Productions' YouTube channel (see links).

Rousay

Braes o Ha'breck excavation resumes


On Wyre about to start again (May 2nd) and will continue posting at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Braes-of-HaBreck-Wyre-a-Big-Dig-on-a-Small-Isle/196853287006365 .
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