Archaeology Kirkwall THI Outreach

Investigating the old shoreline of Kirkwall


Discovering Hidden Kirkwall is part of The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeological Programme. The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute have been given the go ahead to commence the first stage of a geophysical survey to investigate the old shoreline of Kirkwall.

The project is a community focused archaeological project in which volunteers will receive training in the use of geophysical survey techniques including Magnetometry, Earth Resistance and Ground Penetrating Radar. The proposed location of the initial survey will help to answer the following research questions:

  1. What is the location, character and depth of the former shoreline and piers to the west of the town centre of Kirkwall (between Broad Street and Junction Road)
  2. Is there any evidence for the former layout of the museum gardens ?
  3. Do remains of the range of buildings depicted on the 1882 Ordnance Survey map in the southern part of the museum gardens survive below ground level. What is the character and depth of these remains where they do survive?

These questions will be addressed in the first instance by employing the geophysics survey in the Orkney Museum and RBS Bank Gardens.

We need 6 local volunteers to help in the geophysics, res, GPR and Mag survey on the 21st and 22nd April. Hours 10am to 4pm. In return you will receive training in geophysics techniques. Contact: