Analysis of the whalebone and shells recovered during the excavations at Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney, is under way at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.
The excavation of Neolithic houses found on the beach at Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney is now under way.
Teams from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and the University of Central Lancashire arrived on the island last weekend to uncover the site and begin a series of excavations centred on the sites at Cata Sand settlement and Tresness tomb.
The team excavating the intriguing archaeology site at Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney are appealing for donations to contribute to the costs of completing rescue excavations at this rapidly eroding site.
This is the second in a series of blog posts looking at the main findings from the excavations undertaken by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute during the summer of 2018. This time we examine the fascinating excavations on Sanday – one of the northern most islands in Orkney.
Summer of digging – Sanday update by UHI student Ross
The Data Structure Reports (DSR) detailing the exciting 2017 excavations at Cata Sand and Tresness Chambered Tomb, Sanday, Orkney are now available for download.
The excavation at Cata Sand on the island of Sanday in Orkney not only unearthed the remains of Early Neolithic Houses, but also as reported in August, the skeletons of around twelve whales originating in the nineteenth century.
The excavation at Cata Sand on the Orkney island of Sanday has unearthed a few surprises in the last few days – including the discovery of Early Neolithic Houses and the skeletons of around twelve whales from the nineteenth century.
The excavation of the recently discovered late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age settlement dating to c.2500-2000BC is now under way. It is early days, but already the team are beginning to unearth finds.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute has teamed up with the University of Central Lancashire to begin excavation at the exciting site at Cata Sand in Sanday, Orkney.
Professor Colin Richards of the University of Manchester writes about developments at the recently discovered Bronze Age settlement in Orkney.
Archaeological work is planned to evaluate the site at Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney, in the week commencing 29th February. Preliminary investigation will use a variety of techniques including survey, geophysics, surface collection, auger and test pits.
Braving the weather in Sanday, Chris managed to take some quick shots of the newly discovered Bronze Age settlement complex. It was blowing a sandstorm at the time so please excuse the quality! But they are interesting nonetheless.
Archaeological discoveries are often made when least expected, and this is exactly what happened last Monday 7th December at Tresness, Sanday.