You may already know that the work at the Ness of Brodgar is supported by organisations including Orkney Islands Council, but the bulk of the money required for the project is raised through public donations – people buying from the on-site shop, sponsoring a square or spending a few hours at one of the many other fundraising events.
I guess that this is one of the special things about the Ness of Brodgar – so many people make the excavation possible through their generosity in time and/or money.
One way in which you may want to help fund the excavation is to purchase a Ness of Brodgar guidebook. This richly illustrated, 34-page book explains the history of the site in detail and looks at the work that is being completed at this important Neolithic Site. Costing just £6, this book makes an present for anyone interested in archaeology.
The introductory paragraph to the guidebook introduces the Ness: “Fifteen generations separate the early settlers on the Orkney archipelago from the architects of the Ness of Brodgar – an island centre that would endure for 60 generations. The last occupants left the Ness 4,000 years ago and for 200 generations it has lain, forgotten, beneath the plough.”
- The Ness Through Time
- What is the Ness of Brodgar
- Discovery and Excavation
- The Ness in the Landscape
- Monumental Buildings
- Phenomenal Pottery
- Mace Heads, Axes and Carved Stone Balls
- Art of Stone
- Structure 1
- Structures 8 and 14 – Multiple Piers and Painted Walls
- Structure 10 – 400 Head of Cattle
- Structure 12 – Master Builders
- Great Walls and Great Mounds
- Who were the People of the Ness
- The Big Questions
The money raised goes directly to making the Ness of Brodgar work each year.
You can buy on-line through the Ness of Brodgar Trust website