Orkney World Heritage Site Field Walking Exhibition Launch


If you are in Kirkwall at 2pm on Thursday 12th January then you are cordially invited to the launch of the field walking exhibition being held at Orkney Museum.

The launch is being held at the Orkney Museum, Kirkwall, located in the small temporary exhibition space in the downstairs prehistoric gallery.

The exhibition is the culmination of a year long field walking project started in early 2016 amongst Orkney’s world famous monuments in collaboration with Orkney Archaeology Society. It has been planned and put together by a team of trainee archaeologists who have participated in the project. Exhibits include maps, finds, case studies and personal accounts. Stenness Primary School children have contributed posters about their experiences during a day workshop field walking next to the school.

The project ran throughout 2016 with a series of workshops and events designed to teach people about the practice of archaeological fieldwalking, the processes that occur after fieldwork, the finds and mapping, and telling the story of the project in a museum exhibition.

Throughout, the main aim of the project was to involve members of the local community and generate internationally significant research in the World Heritage Area, and thereby contribute to the wider understanding of these sites and landscapes.

Prize find! (Photo Rod Richmond)

Thanks to Orkney Archaeology Society (OAS) who were awarded grant aid funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage scheme to undertake the fieldwalking project within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Buffer Zone (HONO WHS), West Mainland, Orkney. Thanks also to Orkney Museum for supporting and hosting the exhibition.

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute were commissioned by OAS to undertake professional services for the project, including the fieldwork, training workshops and post-excavation.

If you are intrigued by the history and archaeology of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and want to learn more then either drop us a line through studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk or go to our guide to courses on this blog or visit our University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute web page

2 thoughts on “Orkney World Heritage Site Field Walking Exhibition Launch

  1. Bernie Bell Friday, January 13, 2017 (7:52am) / 7:52 am

    They look like they’re doing a dance! I’m not making fun – they do – “Left foot raised, right leg forward, left leg forward, right leg back, start again.” It could be called The Field Walkers Stomp.
    Joking aside – I’ve been wondering who writes/compiles this blog? It’s A GOOD THING, and I’ve sent the link to various folk, some of whom don’t live on Orkney, so it’s hard for them to follow what’s happening. This, and ‘Orkneyjar’ are a gift.
    Whoever you are – well done.

    • seanlisle1 Monday, January 16, 2017 (12:13am) / 12:13 am

      Many thanks Bernie. My name is Sean Page and I’m the Marketing Officer for the Univesity of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and I write the blog. However the posts are checked with the archaeologists/project managers before they are published, so in many respects, it is a joint effort. Thank you for your kind comments. Sean Page

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