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Neolithic chambers discovered near Tomb of the Eagles with link to daily You Tube updates


Colin Renfrew lecture this Saturday

September 18th in Kirkwall Rown Hall

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

Slate roof found

Either collapsed or deliberately demolished..

Neolithic painted walls

Painted walls found Friday, a first for Britain and perhaps northern Europe.
from 9 or 10 a.m. 27th July to approx 8 a.m. 28th July 2010.

Perth and Kinross

Forteviot cemetery

Had been thought to be Bronze Age but according to Dr. Kenneth Brophy in a talk tonight the C14 dates came back Fiday and place it in the Neolithic with dates in the range 3000-2800 B.C.E. pre-dating the henge and the timber circle


funding for underwater archaeology

Orkneyjar's report here - much clearer pics than "The Orcadian".
As the only other NMRS for Damsay is a site the excavator thought to be a Norse castle but is now believed to have been a broch it is probable that the orthostats in one photo could relate to this. Though a short talk was given on preliminary Rising Tide findings beside these nowt has appeared in print or in the report, so from memory the Bay of Firth has in it likely chambered mounds and (one or more) stone circles

OIC funded projects 2010

from Sigurd Towrie

West Mainland

a Wideford Hill site re-discovered ?

"Orkney Today" and "The Orcadian" of June 4th 2009 report the discovery of a potential tomb at Heathfield, beehive shaped and built straight into the bedrock. There is a lintelled space opposite the corbelled cell. Way back "The Orcadian" of March 1st 1864 reports that drainage works on a new Wideford Hill farm revealed a large coverstone in the cut with cells beneath. A roughly 2½' long 2' wide central passage, blocked with stones at the northern end, ran NNW/SSE The southern end widened out, opening into two chambers in opposite directions, the southern one with a floor 4" above both the northern one and the passage. Edge-set slabs form the sides and ends of the northern chamber, which measures 4" by 2½" and some 2'2" high and has a reduced entrance some 2½' across . Except for one edge-set slab at the back the southern chamber is of walling, and it measures 3½" by 2'10" by 2' and the passage enters directly into it. George Petrie took measurements and made a plan of it. As with the present site nothing marked the site on the surface.
If, as seems likely, this is the same site then there is less potential for new finds here.
Caroline Wickham-Jones differs "as this is away from the farm and not related to any previous drainage" and asks "whether there is more than one of these in the vicinity"


2nd Eday carved stone

Found during this season's dig at Green (the first came from Eday Manse in 1861 and resembles those from Pierowall [1981] and Pickaquoy [1864]).

The Great Sacred Monuments of Stenness

Ness of Brodgar 2008 excavation diary

nice pics again

Ring of Brodgar (Stone Circle)

2008 excavation diary

posting this as finally some photos (and short vid) that show something, including a peeled stone


'new' chambered tomb

This fortnight's excavation of the Outer Green Hill 'broch' has revealed a Neolithic chambered cairn ( with photos)

East Mainland

Brough of Deerness

The promised excavations are finally underway. The head is in favour of a Viking chief's settlement, the traditional view is an early Viking monastery, but they don't rule out something previous (for today). Myself I would like to know about the unnoted lower promontory wall ( )as it looks to date from a period when the brough had better connection to the 'mainland' ,but hey-ho

The Great Sacred Monuments of Stenness

Late Sea Ingress

A radically different picture of the prehistoric landscape around Orkney's World Heritage Site is beginning to emerge – a landscape which perhaps didn't feature the Stenness and Harray lochs.

Preliminary results from an archaeo-environmental project indicate that, prior to 1500BC, the Stenness loch was an area of wet marshland surrounding small pools or lochans.

Salt Knowe (Round Barrow(s))

Silsbury pill

Geophysics has revealed that thiis is not a chambered cairn but more like Silbury Hill, as with a site at Dunragit in Dumfries and Galloway, the BA cist and animal bones from ?feasting towards the top being later additions


Stronsay Mesolithic

Long Howe (Cairn(s))

Nut confirms Mesolithic context

The hazelnut was found in a layer beneath the Bronze Age burial mound at Longhowe during excavations earlier this year. The charred shell has been dated to 6820-6660 BC, and its discovery pushes back the known settlement of Orkney by 3,000 years. Mesolithic settlement has long been known from stone tools, but the nut has provided the first definite date.


Scotland (Country)

Discovery & Excavation in Scotland online

Now downloadable at as a .pdf for each year from 1947-2001. However these are facsimiles, so you really need to know which year you want as these won't be truly searchable

J.W. Cursiter collection online

The Hunterian museum is re-assembling his(mostly Northern Isles) donation and adding this to their catalogue as they go
At present this is text-only but images will be added over the coming months

The Great Sacred Monuments of Stenness

Ness of Brodgar 2007

Orkneyjar will be posting updates on this season's dig that starts Monday :-
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