Excavation Calendar 2017

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The archaeology sites listed below welcome visitors.

  • The sites can be muddy following bad weather so sturdy boots are recommended
  • Sites can also be closed if the weather is particularly inclement, so if in doubt please check by sending us an e-mail studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk
  • If you need any help in planning a trip to the projects listed below, then please feel free to contact us on studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk

The Cairns broch excavations

Field Archaeology Short Course (held at The Cairns broch):

Ness of Brodgar excavations:

  • Dates: open to the public from Wednesday 5th July to Wednesday 23rd August
  • The Orkney Archaeology Society Ness of Brodgar talk will take place on 15th June at 19.00 in the Orkney Theatre.
  • Tours are available and archaeologists will be on site most weekdays. Please check the Ness of Brodgar Trust website for up to date information.
  • Tours are also conducted at 1100 & 1500 on Saturday and Sunday during the dig season, but there will be no archaeologists on site during the weekend.
  • Open Days are Sunday 16th July and Sunday 20th August
  • Location: Stenness, West Mainland
  • Dig Diary
  • More information

Swandro coastally eroding site, Westness, Rousay:

Excavations run by the University of Bradford and the Swandro-Orkney Coastal Erosion Trust, in partnership with UHI Archaeology Institute and the Skaill excavations (see below).

Skaill farmstead, Westness Rousay:

Investigations of a Viking / Norse farm mound in partnership with Rousay Heritage Trust, and linking with the excavations at Swandro. The season includes archaeological building recording with the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) survey team in June and test pit excavation in July.

Listening to the Piers: exploring the history of Stromness through the town piers

Art / Science workshops exploring the history and archaeology of the town piers. Workshops in test pit excavation, sound recording, time lapse photography, finds photography, sea life (Shore Safari), ROV survey. In partnership with the Orkney Natural History Society at Stromness Museum, Herriot Watt University and local artists. These will be run on a Piers Day during Per Mare week to celebrate 200 years of Stromness.

Yesnaby Art and Archaeology Project (YAARP):

  • Monday to Friday 31st July to 11th August
  • Location: Yesnaby, West Mainland, Orkney
  • We advise that you contact us if you are interested in visiting the archaeologists and artists working on this project as they cover a wide area!
  • Contact: studyarcheology@uhi.ac.uk

Cata Sand, Sanday


Things to looks out for:

  • New Art and Archaeology workshop, “Ness to Ness” in August 2017
  • Caithness Broch Festival. Survey and excavation in partnership with The Caithness Broch Project
  • Investigating a Mesolithic woodland in the Bay of Ireland. Test pitting. September 2017 (TBC)

See the web page on Orkney.com for more information on transport links.

This page will be updated as new events and activities are confirmed.