Volunteer Training Excavation Opportunity

Discovering Hidden Kirkwall.

The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeology Programme.

Excavation in RBS Garden

Phase One of the project involved volunteers receiving training in the use of geophysical survey techniques including Magnetometry, Earth Resistance and Ground Penetrating Radar in Tankerness House and the Royal Bank of Scotland Gardens in Kirkwall Town Centre. The results were then analysed by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute team, to provide a targeted area for the phase two excavation.

The initial geophysiscs results show two linear features lying from 50cm to 1 metre beneath present ground level. Early analysis suggests they could represent walls, a spread of stones and a possible break of slope indicating the old medieval shoreline.

The second stage will commence on Monday 16th May and continue until Monday 23rd May and will give volunteers an opportunity to gain excavation, surveying and mapping skills. The main dig will involve excavating small trenches in the RBS gardens and will in effect be the first archaeological dig in the town since 1978. The project has been expanded to include pupils from Kirkwall Grammar school will also join the excavation team from The Archaeology Institute on the 17th and 18th May where they will be involved in the dig itself, sieving, mapping, further geophysics and historic building recording in the town centre.

Dan Lee (Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist) adds, “We are really excited about the geophysics results and with the help of the local community and pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School we hope to answer some of the questions concerning the make-up of the old shoreline infill.”

If you wish to join this archaeological investigation and receive training in basic archaeological techniques then please contact Dan Lee Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist on Daniel.Lee@uhi.ac.uk. No experience is necessary and there is no charge! The (KTHI) programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland & Orkney Islands Council and runs until 2019.

Finding the Medieval Shoreline in Kirkwall

The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeological Programme. Discovering Hidden Kirkwall. Phase Two.

First Archaeological Excavation in Kirkwall Town Centre since 1978.

`Discovering Hidden Kirkwall’ is part of The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI) Archaeological Programme. Phase One of the project involved volunteers receiving training in the use of geophysical survey techniques including Magnetometry, Earth Resistance and Ground Penetrating Radar in Tankerness House and the Royal Bank of Scotland Gardens in Kirkwall Town Centre. The results were then analysed by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute team, to provide a targeted area for the phase two excavation.

The initial geophysiscs results show two linear features lying from 50cm to 1 metre beneath present ground level. Early analysis suggests they could represent walls, a spread of stones and a possible break of slope indicating the old medieval shoreline.

The second stage will commence on Monday 16th May and continue until Monday 23rd May and will give volunteers an opportunity to gain excavation, surveying and mapping skills. The main dig will involve excavating small trenches in the RBS gardens and will in effect be the first archaeological dig in the town since 1978. The project has been expanded to include pupils from Kirkwall Grammar school will also join the excavation team from The Archaeology Institute on the 17th and 18th May where they will be involved in the dig itself, sieving, mapping, further geophysics and historic building recording in the town centre.

Dan Lee (Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist) adds, “We are really excited about the geophysics results and with the help of the local community and pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School we hope to answer some of the questions concerning the make-up of the old shoreline infill.”

If you wish to join this archaeological investigation and receive training in basic archaeological techniques then please contact Dan Lee Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist on Daniel.Lee@uhi.ac.uk. No experience is necessary and there is no charge! The (KTHI) programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland & Orkney Islands Council and runs until 2019.

Investigating the old shoreline of Kirkwall

 

Discovering Hidden Kirkwall is part of The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeological Programme. The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute have been given the go ahead to commence the first stage of a geophysical survey to investigate the old shoreline of Kirkwall.

The project is a community focused archaeological project in which volunteers will receive training in the use of geophysical survey techniques including Magnetometry, Earth Resistance and Ground Penetrating Radar. The proposed location of the initial survey will help to answer the following research questions:

  1. What is the location, character and depth of the former shoreline and piers to the west of the town centre of Kirkwall (between Broad Street and Junction Road)
  2. Is there any evidence for the former layout of the museum gardens ?
  3. Do remains of the range of buildings depicted on the 1882 Ordnance Survey map in the southern part of the museum gardens survive below ground level. What is the character and depth of these remains where they do survive?

These questions will be addressed in the first instance by employing the geophysics survey in the Orkney Museum and RBS Bank Gardens.

We need 6 local volunteers to help in the geophysics, res, GPR and Mag survey on the 21st and 22nd April. Hours 10am to 4pm. In return you will receive training in geophysics techniques. Contact: Daniel.Lee@uhi.ac.uk

Discovering Hidden Kirkwall 12th December

Discovering Hidden KirkwallKirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeology Programme is calling for volunteers !

The Archaeology Institute University of Highlands and Islands is running the first in a series of projects in the Kirkwall  Townscape Heritage Initiative. The project aims to involve local people in archaeology and discover a hidden Kirkwall.

During the day volunteers will undertake a basic archaeological survey in the Kirkwall conservation area – taking photographs, making sketches and describing buildings.

There are 10 places availabe for volunteers
Sat 12th Dec. 10.00am – 2.00pm
Meet Outside the cathedral
Contact to book Daniel Lee
Tel : 01856 569214

 

Kirkwall THI

The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative is a two year programme of archaeological investigations in Kirkwall conservation area offering community training and memorable hands-on experiences.


This Archaeological Programme has four stages of community archaeological work and training situated in the centre of Kirkwall within the Conservation Area. A range of non-intrusive and intrusive techniques are proposed, including Archaeological Standing Building Recording, Geophysical Survey, Palaeoenvironmental Survey and Sample Excavation, which will provide opportunities for the local community to take part and learn about archaeology, enhance community understanding of our urban heritage and provide short and long term economic benefits to Kirkwall town centre.

Activities will happen over a series of weekends throughout 2015 and 2016.

Contact Daniel Lee if you want to volunteer or just want to know more about this exciting project. Click Daniel Lee and Kirkwall THI project