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Egilsay rock art discovery

Discovered this week in Onziebist tomb during UHI visit

Tomb of the Eagles (Chambered Cairn)

Tomb Closed for coming season,

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

Ness 2020 Cancelled

full info here

West Mainland

9 possible BA figurines found

Found during work at the Finstown sub-station "A team from ORCA Archaeology, carrying out exploratory excavations at the proposed site of an electrical substation development in Orkney, has unearthed nine, half-metre tall stone-carved objects." plenty of lovely images shown

East Mainland

BA cist on Hill of Heddle

found last week


Early Neolithic houses at Cata Sands

found during present excavations

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


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. 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 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.


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.

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

2013 Open to Public dates

July 17th to August 22nd (sic)


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).


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 ?
unfortunately this is not "The Orcadian" article by Craig Taylor, which has a photo

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

Orkneyjar update

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.
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