Excavation Neolithic Ness of Brodgar

Summer exhibition to focus on the people of the Ness of Brodgar

Running alongside this year's excavation at the Ness of Brodgar is an exhibition of artefacts from the site in the Maeshowe visitor centre, Stenness.

Two weeks today a full team of archaeologists will be back at the Ness of Brodgar for the first time since 2019.

Excavation at the Neolithic site has been ongoing since its discovery in 2003. The project, run by the Ness of Brodgar Trust in association with the UHI Archaeology Institute, has revealed a cluster of monumental structures, dating from around 3300BC-2400BC, in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Work resumes on the Stenness site from Monday, July 4, and runs until Friday, August 19. The site will be open to the public on weekdays from July 6 until August 17, with guided tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

An extra event this year is a five-week exhibition in the Maeshowe visitor centre, Stenness.

Entitled The Ness: Its people, the exhibition runs on weekdays, from Monday, July 11, until Friday, August 12. It will also run on the excavation open day, Sunday, July 31.

Helping design the exhibition is Norna Sinclair and Katy Firth, from the Stromness Museum.

Katy explained: “The exhibition will introduce many fascinating objects through pondering the choices made, skills used and creativity displayed by the people at the Ness.  All these human elements we share with them, although their lives are almost impossible to imagine.

“We will also shine a light on the modern ‘people of the Ness’, getting to know more about the work of archaeologists and specialists involved in excavating the site.”