Archaeology Brochtoberfest



The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are teaming up with Caithness Broch Project and Orkney Archaeology Society to hold an extravaganza of all things “Broch” this October.

A one day event we are calling “Broch’toberfest” is to be held on Saturday 29th October, 11am to 2pm at St Magnus Centre Kirkwall, Orkney.  If you have an interest in archaeology, the Iron Age or Brochs then drop in for a few minutes or a few hours…you will be most welcome. Entry is free.

The programme is coming together and is looking exciting:

  • 11 -11.05am – Introduction and opening remarks
  • 11.05-11.30 – Excavating a Broch Household. Talk by Martin Carruthers, Site Director of The Cairns archaeological dig on South Ronaldsay
  • 11.30-11.50 – Discussion on Brochs and Iron Age Society
  • 11.50-12.20 – Lunchtime where there will be opportunities to roam around stalls, examine artefacts and talk to some of the archaeologists from the UHI and Caithness Broch Project. Light refreshments will be available including Broch Buns and Brochy Road (the puns keep coming), tea and coffee.
  • 12.20-12.45 – Tall Towers with Grass Roots. Talk by Kenny McElroy and Iain Maclean from the Caithness Broch Project. Brochs and archaeology of Caithness.
  • 12.45-1.05 – Discussion on Brochs and Contemporary Society
  • 1.05-1.30 – Stepping outside of the Circle:Exploring Iron Age Landscapes in Orkney. Talk by Amanda Brend and James Moore of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.
  • 1.30-1.50 – Discussion on Broch Landscapes
  • 1.50-2pm – Concluding remarks, discussions and future direction

Timings are approximate and may change as the discussion develops.