Community Archaeology Workshop – Making a 3D Digital Model

Another opportunity to get involved in the Birsay St Magnus 900 Year Commemorations Archaeology Project and learn how to create a 3D digital model.

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are teaming up with Birsay Heritage Trust to make a 3D digital model of the whalebone situated on the headland near Skipi Geo, Orkney.

The team will be meeting at Skipi Geo at 10am on the 14th October 2016 for a walk to the whale bone. This will be followed by a visit to the village in order to record some sites there and then onto Birsay Hall to make the computer models and view them.

The workshop should be over by 2pm. Bring warm clothes, suitable footwear and a packed lunch.

All are welcome and the event is free.

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The event is supported by Orkney Islands Council and The Birsay Heritage Trust

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Great Turnout for Community Building Survey

There was a great turnout for the community archaeology event held today in Palace Village, Birsay, Orkney. Even the fabled Orkney sunshine made an appearance to add to the experience!

This is one of a series of archaeology events which offers volunteers the opportunity to learn basic archaeological skills such as building recording.

Volunteers from as far afield as Yorkshire listened to a short introduction by Dan Lee, Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist, as he outlined the days programme and then were treated to a guided walk through the back gardens of the village by several of the residents.

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The old Medieval right of way

The old medieval right of way was quickly identified running along the back of a small terrace of houses together with numerous cut and shaped stones which were clearly robbed from the Palace. Older residents who could remember the village in the 1930’s added to the narrative and answered some of the more perplexing questions concerning details of buildings.

The day ended with the volunteers identifying the medieval stones present in the fabric of the village buildings and walls – including the identification of 6 robbed out key stones – and recording them using archaeological techniques.

The next archaeological event is planned for the 14th October – involving making a 3D model of the Birsay Whalebone near Skipi Geo. More details will be published on the blog closer to the event.

A video clip showing the location of Palace Village, Birsay, Orkney.


The event is supported by Orkney Islands Council and The Birsay Heritage Trust

Community Archaeology – Building Survey. Palace Village, Birsay

Get involved in the Birsay St Magnus 900 Year Commemorations Archaeology Project and learn basic archaeological building recording.

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are teaming up with Birsay Heritage Trust to undertake basic archaeological building recording of medieval stones in Palace village, Birsay, Orkney.

The event forms part of a series of archaeology workshops in 2016 (a previous event recorded Skipi Geo boat house) building towards a larger project commemorating the 900 year anniversary of the death of St Magnus during 2017.

The team will be meeting outside St Magnus Kirk, Palace Village, at 10am on the 22nd September 2016 to find and record medieval stones that are visible in the village buildings and walls. The workshop should be over by 2pm. Bring warm clothes, suitable footwear and a packed lunch.

All are welcome and the event is free.


The event is supported by Orkney Islands Council and The Birsay Heritage Trust

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