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Blackhammer Cairn(s)
16 posts
Broch of Midhowe Broch
6 posts
Cubbie Roo's Burden Chambered Cairn
4 posts
Knitchen Hill Cairn(s)
6 posts
Knowe of Burrian Broch
7 posts
Knowe of Hunclett Broch
18 posts
Knowe of Lairo Chambered Cairn
Knowe of Lingro Chambered Cairn
4 posts
Knowe of Ramsay Chambered Cairn
5 posts
Knowe of Rowiegar Chambered Cairn
33 posts
Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn
7 posts
Loch of Wasbister Crannog
11 posts
Long Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
17 posts
Midhowe Chambered Cairn
1 post
North Howe Broch
1 post
Quendal Cairn(s)
10 posts
Scockness Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
5 posts
South Howe Broch
51 posts
Taversoe Tuick Chambered Tomb
1 post
Westness Chambered Cairn
1 post
Whoom Cairn(s)
7 posts
Yetnessteen Standing Stone / Menhir


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Archaeologists search for answers in 'Egypt of the North'

A TEAM of international archaeologists hope to answer questions remaining about an Orkney island known as "the Egypt of the north".

The experts have started the largest geophysics survey to date on Rousay, a hilly island off Orkney Mainland.....................

moss Posted by moss
24th April 2018ce
Edited 24th April 2018ce

Orkney archaeological dig is a battle between time and tide.

AN archaeological investigation of an eroding mound on the island of Rousay in Orkney dig is revealing extensive settlement.

But there is a battle against time to find the whole truth hidden under the ground at Swandro as the sea continues to eat away at the land... continues...
moss Posted by moss
31st July 2017ce

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.''
wideford Posted by wideford
31st July 2013ce
Edited 31st July 2013ce

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.
wideford Posted by wideford
20th July 2012ce
Edited 20th July 2012ce

Braes o Ha'breck excavation resumes

On Wyre about to start again (May 2nd) and will continue posting at .
wideford Posted by wideford
8th March 2011ce
Edited 12th March 2011ce

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Visited Orkney last week and spent a day on Rousay. Unfortunately Midhowe was closed due to Foot in Mouth, but we went to 3 of the other chambered cairns.
Walking from the ferry terminal, the first along the way is also the most impressive-Taversoe Tuick. Discovered about 100 y ago, in true Victorian fashion by the Lady of the house in whose grounds the tomb is located (she was shocked to think of the summer afternoons spent lying on the mound unaware of the skeletons a short distance below the surface). The tomb is unusual, having two layers, and seems to have been designed this way rather than having a second tier added at a later time. Access is through an artificial opening in the upper layer-the original creep is very low & narrow and blocked by a grille. There's an exciting feeling inside - a metal ladder allows access to the lower chambers, all of which are well preserved. There's a glass roof which leaves the chamber feeling bright and airy, not damp at all. Outside there's a small chamber adjacent to the main tomb with a heavy wooden door covering it over - the boy had to creep inside and be closed in...
About a mile further along the road is Blackhammer cairn, situated about 50 yards from the roadside. This is a long stalled cairn, reminiscent of Unstan, but longer. It is preserved up to chest height, with concrete walls & ceiling. A heavy sliding door permits access in the midpart of the tomb - alas no symbolic crawling to enter.

The third cairn we visited was the Knowe of Yarso. This is a further mile away, but requires you to take a path (signposted) up a farm track and over some heather hillside for about 1/2 a mile from the roadside. We did this in a sudden blizzard of snow and hail, which made the cairn a real haven when we reached it. Again it is of stalled construction, with an outer and an inner chamber, reasonably large. Entry via a metal door - no creep. Again, it is preserved about 5 feet from the ground, with concrete above. A bit of a disappointment after the walk up - had little atmosphere I felt. The view from the top is spectacular however - looking over Eynhallow and the mainland.
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24th April 2001ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce


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Not too far away from the Long Stone, at HY380335 above Moan, is an earthfast stone 0.65m tall but 1.55m wide that is likely to be the stump of another standing stone. Lost/gone is the Westoval Stone, this was on a ridge called Steenie Festoval on the northern slope of Blotchnie Fiold (roughly HY4129) - if found, please return to owner. wideford Posted by wideford
9th July 2006ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce

Getting to Rousay
Orkney Ferries
Shore Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LG
Telephone: 01856 872044
Fax: 01856 872921
Jane Posted by Jane
30th June 2004ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce

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Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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29th July 2017ce

Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

One day I manaaged to walk from the pier on Rousay as far as Scockness. After navigating a field gate I followed the irregular shoreline to reach one of those enigmatic traditional 'Picts underground houses', which sits on a spit of land between Mae Sand and a tidal pond. From my visit it looks like as if it has been excavated at least once, with a slight hollow on the top and the pond-side rather too regular for simple erosion to my mind, and I fondly imagine the removal of a rectangular feature.
On the other side of the hill, by the N end of the Loch of Scockness, and only seperated from the sea by South Sand storm beach, is the Taft o' Faraclett Broch excavated in 1857. And up on the hill at Scockness Farm in 1994 an excavator hole showed that the chapel and burial ground had been built on a settlement mound also probably Iron Age. The Yetnasteeen standing stone is on the opposite hillside, a hill topped by the Faraclett mound that may be simply 'natural'.
wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce

Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Miscellaneous

Only the south side of RCAHMS record no. HY45SE 2, a grass-covered mound of gravel and small stones, survives due to erosion at the N and W part. It is 1.3m high and 12.5m E/W by 8m, thought not large enough for a broch so either a settlement or perhaps what's left of a cairn. Not a burnt mound they believe, owing to the absence of burnt material. wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce
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